Oamaru's batsmen shine
North Otago walks of the field at stumps on the second day of the Hawke Cup Challenge
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Veteran all-rounder Stephan Grobler and Nick Johnston shone with bat and ball as Oamaru beat Valley by 88 runs in the fifth round of the Borton Cup on Saturday.

Grobler blasted 10 boundaries in an unbeaten 68 off 61 balls as Oamaru posted a formidable 260 for eight at Weston.

Opening batter Johnston added 66 off 70 (nine fours, one six) for Oamaru.

Ben Paton, fresh off being a reserve for North Otago in the Meads Cup rugby final, powered the Valley attack with three for 39 off seven overs. Lachie Kingan (three for 56) and Dallas Mahuika (two for 37) were also in the wickets but Paton’s Old Golds team-mate, Jake Matthews, bowled 10 fruitless overs.

Valley’s chase did not start well George Eldridge fell for a golden duck and while the country team fought back, it was rolled for 172 in the 43rd over.

Kingan (29) and Jack Price (26) were among six Valley batters to pass 20, while Johnston (three for 49), Grobler (two for 29 off 10) and Robbie Breen (two for 38) led the Oamaru bowlers.

At St Kevins College, schoolboy star Ben Kay had a great day out but Union beat St Kevin’s College by 46 runs.

Blake Martin gave his side a blazing start with 42 off 32 balls (seven fours) but Thomas Shields (21) was the only other scorer of note as Union was rolled for 167 in the 40th over.

Kay had a magnificent spell for the schoolboys, taking six for 26 off 7.5 overs.

St Kevin’s slumped to 20 for three in reply, and while deputy principal and former Otago player Craig Smith made a handy 59, the school team was bundled out for 121 in the 44th over.

Martin completed a good afternoon with three for 28, supported by Jack Cameron (two for three) and Jordy Whyte (two for 15).

Quinn Wardle had the innings of the day at Milner Park as Waitaki Boys’ High School thumped Glenavy by eight wickets.

Wardle belted nine boundaries in his unbeaten 72, and brother Hunter added 45 as the Waitakians chased down their target of 189 with 12.1 overs to spare.

Lochie Mavor (four for 32), Hunter Wardle (two for seven) and Angus Ruddenklau (two for 37) had earlier led the Waitaki bowlers as Glenavy was dismissed with four balls remaining.

Zach Graham (37) and Digger McCulloch (30) were the best of the Glenavy batsmen.

One round of Borton Cup competition remains before the North Otago clubs (minus the schools) switch to Dick Hunt Trophy mode.

-Hayden Meikle of the Otago Daily Times

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