WBHS take on Union as Borton Cup heats up

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Round nine of the Borton Cup will see Waitaki Boys’ High School defend the Payne Tempero Trophy for the first time against Union, Albion entertain Valley and Oamaru take on Eastern.

Albion ascended to the points table’s summit with a 52-run win over Eastern last Saturday and will be intent on handing second place Valley a second loss in as many weeks.

The Mungas were all out for a less-than-impressive 157 in the 43rd over against Eastern, with Ricky Whyte (29, not out) top-scoring.

Despite the achievable target, Eastern had no answers as Albion’s bowling attack ripped through the visitors’ top order, with Matt McLelland, James Dempster and Oliver McLelland being dismissed for one, nought and one respectively.

Andrew Grubb (58) produced a respectable display for Eastern while Albion’s Paul Odell played the role of chief destroyer with three for 15 off 10.

Oamaru/St Kevin’s won the toss and elected to bowl first in their round eight fixture at King George Park.

The tie saw third-placed Union post their highest one-day total in the club’s history for a 198-run victory.

Opener Glynn Cameron could only muster four before Jake Greenslade recorded 142.

The former Waitaki Boys’ pupil’s haul was followed by 87 from Duncan Drew as the home side made the most of Oamaru/St Kevin’s poor fielding.

Jeremiah Shields then fired 41 from 54 balls before Sean Conlan (36) and Paul Johnson (32) pushed Union on to the unassailable total of 371 for four.

The Choccos were just as lacklustre with the bat and were all out for 173 in the 32nd over.

Waitaki Boys’ High School won the Payne Tempero for the first time with a 111-run win over Valley.

Harvey Lowe (81) and Stephan Grobler (46) were in fine form for Waitaki, while Nathan Smith took seven for 21 in an outstanding display.

Borton Cup round nine fixtures, Saturday, 12.30pm: WBHS vs Union, Milner Park (Payne Tempero Challenge). Albion vs Valley, Whitestone Contracting Stadium Outer Oval. Oamaru/St Kevin’s vs Eastern, St Kevin’s College.

By James Ford