Valley continues on its winning way as Union extends slump

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Valley continued its hot start to the summer with a third straight win in the holiday club cricket competition on Saturday.

The defending Dick Hunt Trophy champion thumped winless Union by nine wickets in a twenty20 game at Don Field.

Sam Bastin made 29 and Daniel Martin chipped in 21, but Union would have known its total of 103 for six off its allotted overs was very reachable on an artificial deck.

So it proved, as Francois Mostert whacked an unbeaten 40 and promising youngster Rhys Petrie contributed 38 as Valley chased down the target with ease in the 14th over.

In the only other game played, star all-rounder James Ferris again showed what an asset he will be to the North Otago cricket scene this summer as he powered Oamaru to a six-wicket win over Albion under the Duckworth-Lewis system.

Ferris belted 76 off just 33 balls, an electric innings that included seven fours and six sixes, to guide Oamaru to 122 for four from 13 overs before rain forced the game to be abandoned and the calculators came into play.

Brad Kernahan was the pick of the Albion bowlers with two for six off two overs.

Earlier, Albion had made a cracking start on its way to 165 for five off 20 overs.

Openers Stephen Halliwell and Jordan Cafferkey put on an even 100 for the first wicket. Cafferkey struck four fours and five sixes in his 62 (38 balls), and Halliwell made 52 off 44 balls (two fours, two sixes).

Teenager Lachlan Brookes was the best of the Oamaru bowlers with two for 10 off two overs.

Both games in the second round – Oamaru v Union, and Albion v Valley – were abandoned.

There is no club cricket over Labour Weekend. All grades resume the following weekend.

Waitaki Boys’ High School finished fourth at the McCullum Cup in Dunedin last week.

Waitaki opened with an 11-run loss to Otago Boys’ High School. Mason James took three for 17 as Otago Boys’ was held to 96 for five, and Blake Martin led the batting with 26 off 32 balls as Waitaki was rolled for 85.

In game two, Ben Mavor took two for 18 as John McGlashan College scored 118 for six batting first. Waitaki was then dismissed for 83.

Scott Kitto (41) and Aaron Maxwell (33) found form with the bat to guide Waitaki to 112 in its final round robin game, against King’s High School. Both Kitto and Mavor then each grabbed two wickets but King’s reached its target with three balls remaining.

In the playoff for third and fourth, Otago Boys’ scored 141 and Waitaki was dismissed for 125.

Oamaru hosts the southern under-17 boys tournament this weekend.

North Otago plays Dunedin on Saturday, Southland on Sunday, and Otago Country on Monday.