Grandstand finish for Martin, Albion

Valley, Oamaru and Union had wins in Borton Cup cricket on Saturday.

The best individual performance came from Albion's Alex Martin.

An inaccurate tally of bowlers and overs forced Martin to bowl what was the final over against Oamaru.

Martin took three wickets with the final three balls to finish with the figures of three for none and dismiss Oamaru for 186.

Stephan Grobler (62) was all stability for Oamaru with Ben Singh adding 35 invaluable runs.

Apart from Martin's effort, Kerry Weir took two for 27 and Matt Finn two for 45 as Oamaru set Albion the task of scoring 187 runs for victory.

Accurate bowling from Nick Johnston (four for 37), Robbie Breen (two for 26) and Reece Curle (three for 19) restricted Albion to 130 with only Jonty Naylor (24) and Martin (20) showing any resistance.

At Weston Park, Valley defeated newcomer Glenavy by five wickets.

Batting first, Glenavy was dismissed for 91 with Jack Henshaw (21) showing some stubbornness with the bat.

Bowling for Valley, Cameron Grubb and Ben Mavor produced identical figures of four for 16 while Nathan Barnes claimed two for 17 as Glenavy was dismissed for 91.

Valley, with Nathan McLaughlin (29) and Grubb (22 not out) to the fore, reached 92 for five wickets. Henshaw and Graham Morgan each took two wickets for Glenavy.

Union was too strong for St Kevin's College.

Solid batting from Sean Conlan (51), Gary Singh (24), Thomas Shields (24) and the apparent ageless Duncan Drew (29) put Union through to 213 for eight in 50 overs.

Bowling for the College side, Jacob Fowler (two for 26), Anthony Docherty (three for 38) and Liam Direen (two for 50) had some success.

Following an outstanding bowling effort from Union's Blake James (five for 27) and Matt Lilley and Brad Fleming, who claimed two wickets each, St Kevin's was dismissed for 101.

BOWLS

Meadowbank's Aileen Blyth claimed her 12th centre title when she beat Phoenix's Gail Douglas in the final at the Meadowbank club on Sunday. To get to the final in the two-life competition, Blyth beat Mary Watson (21-1), Rosey Oliver (21-19), Daphne Campbell (21-15) and Dorothy Breen (22-11). She then accounted for Douglas in the tense final as both players went shot for shot to 17-11 on the 18th end before Blyth broke away to a 21-18 victory.

- By Terry O'Neill

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