Wins for Albion, Union, Waitaki

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Albion, Union and Waitaki Boys’ High School took wins against Eastern, Valley and Oamaru/St Kevin’s respectively in round eight of the Borton Cup on Saturday.

Oamaru/St Kevin’s won the toss and elected to bowl at King George Park in an encounter that saw Union post its 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 impressive haul was followed by 87 from Duncan Drew as the home side made the most of Oamaru/St Kevin’s less-than-impressive fielding display.

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 pedestrian with the bat as Ben Cant went for six before Sam Havea top-scored with 43.

Oamaru was all out for 173 in the 32nd over.

Albion ascended to the points table’s summit with a 52-run win over Eastern at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium’s outer oval.

The Mungas were all out for a paltry 157 in the 43rd over with Ricky Whyte (29, not out) top scoring.

Jackson Dempster proved most effective with the ball for Eastern, taking three for 13 off six overs.

Despite the achievable target, Eastern produced an undistinguished innings and was all out for 105.

Albion’s bowling attack ripped through the visitors’ top order as Matt McLelland, James Dempster and Oliver McLelland walked for one, nought and one respectively.

Andrew Grubb (58) produced a respectable display but his side had no answers for the likes of Paul Odell (three for 15 off 10) and Matt Day (two for 22 off eight).

Waitaki Boys’ High School relieved Valley of the Payne Tempero trophy and its place at the top of the points table with a 111-run win.

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

It is the first time in more than a decade that Waitaki Boys’ has held the Payne Tempero trophy and will take on Union in round nine.

Albion will entertain Valley and Oamaru/St Kevin’s will lock horns with Eastern.

By James Ford

PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Jeremiah Shields posted 41 during Union’s 198 run win over Oamaru/St Kevin’s at King George Park on Saturday.