The Borton Cup returned on Saturday with Union downing Eastern at King George Park, Waitaki Boys’ High School losing out to Albion at Milner Park and Valley toppling Oamaru/St Kevin’s.
Union took a much needed eight wicket win over Eastern in a clash that served as round seven of the Borton Cup and the final of Dick Hunt holiday competition following the previous weekend’s washout.
The Blues won the toss and elected to bowl as Eastern opener Matthew Dempster (1) got off to a shaky start, before Matt McLelland followed for nought.
Oliver McLelland (17) and James Dempster (18) had their wickets taken by Mathew Lilley and Paul Johnston respectively.
Cameron Grubb (57) top-scored as the visitors were all out for 124 in the 36th over.
Johnston was most effective with the ball, taking 3 for 21, while Brad Fleming took a fine 3 for 35.
Union’s chase-down of the mediocre total got off to a fine start as opener Jake Greenslade recorded a half century, followed by Glynn Cameron’s 30.
Duncan Drew (21 not out) and Jeremiah Shields (12 not out) surpassed the total in the 20th over.
Waitaki Boys’ was unable to continue its winning form as Albion took a three-wicket victory at Milner Park.
WBHS was all out for a paltry 108 from an undistinguished innings in which Ryan Petrie (23) top-scored.
Mungas’ Jeremy Smith played the role of chief destroyer, taking 4 for 27, while Paul O’Dell produced an impressive shift with 4 wickets for 31.
The T20 champion chased down the meagre total in the 25th over as Ian Cooney and Matt Day joint top-scored with 21 while Waitaki’s Stephan Grobler offered his side some solace by taking 4 for 25.
Valley cemented its position at the points table’s summit with a 73-run win over Oamaru/St Kevin’s at St Kevin’s College.
Scott Kingan (56) and Francois Mostert (4/21) provided the highlights for the Weston side as the Choccos slumped to their fourth defeat of the campaign.
Round eight of the Borton Cup will see Albion look to continue its winning form against Eastern while Oamaru/St Kevin’s lock horns with a rejuvenated Union and table-toppers Valley welcomes Waitaki Boys’ High School to Weston Park.
By James Ford
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Eastern fell to eight-wicket loss against Union at King George Park on Saturday.