WBHS take Borton Cup
By Terry O'Neil on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Waitaki Boys High School First X1 ended a forty eight year drought when it won the Borton Cup final at Milner Park on Saturday with a comprehensive 154 run victory over Valley. Valley won the toss and put Waitaki Boys in to bat but with the total at 37 post opener Rhys Petrie and incoming batsman, Dallas Mahuika who was run out. But Nathan Smith and Thomas Hutton set about resurrecting the innings with Smith(84)and Jonty Naylor added fifty five for the fourth wicket. Smith and Hutton (80) added a further eight four runs for the sixth wicket and a seventh wicket stand of 54 between Kieran McLea(22) and Hutton saw Waitaki Boys through to 265 in the fiftieth over, the highest score ever in a Borton Cup final. Bowling for Valley Cameron Grubb took three for thirty.

Valley in its chase never built up any real momentum losing its first five wickets for just fifty two runs with. Only Geoff Mavor(22) who had to leave the field with a leg injury in Waitaki Boys innings returned to top score with twenty two before the Waitaki attack spearheaded by the James brothers Blake(three for 28) and Mason(two for 20) sliced through the Valley defence with spinner Kieran McCLea claiming three for 26 as Valley tumbled to be all out in the thirty fifth over for 111 in the thirty fifth over.

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