WBHS, Albion have wins in final round
By Terry O'Neill on Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Albion held on to beat Valley by 52 runs thanks to a five wicket bag from Ricky Whyte.

Set a challenging target of 261 for the win, Valley had taken control of the game through openers Lachie Kingan and Andrew Harding.

The pair put on 127 for the opening wicket before Harding eventually offered a catch on 46.

But the turning point came when Kingan was brilliantly caught at point for 93 from 99 balls. That changed the complexion of the game.

Valley slumped from 160 for three to be all out for 208.

Whyte was instrumental in the decline. The medium-pacer took five for 22 from 5.3 overs and leg spinner Jeremy Smith chipped in with three for 36 from 10 overs.

Earlier, Albion put together a competitive total of 260. The majority of those runs were scored by the top three, Zack Wade (55), Stephen Halliwell (58) and Brady Kingan (52).

Lachie Kingan was the pick of the Valley bowlers with four for 32. The medium-pacer almost scored a century as well, so it was a fine individual performance.

Waitaki Boys' High School's medium-pacer Hayden Creedy had a day to remember on Saturday.

The year-13 pupil picked up a hat trick and took five for 29 to help dismiss Oamaru-St Kevin's College for a paltry 90 and secure a 132 run win.

The right-armer ripped through the middle order, hitting the stumps three times in a row. The first two victims of his hat trick came at the end of his fourth over and he completed the feat with the first ball of his fifth over.

Strike bowler Mason James was impressive as well, taking three for 13.

Earlier, Francois Mostert top scored with 84 to help Waitaki Boys post 222. Left-armer Reece Curle took three for 37 for Oamaru-St Kevins.

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