171-run partnership keeps Albion on top

Taieri spinner Ben Lockrose bowls as Green Island batsman Nick Kelly backs up during their...
Taieri spinner Ben Lockrose bowls as Green Island batsman Nick Kelly backs up during their declaration cricket game at Sunnyvale on Saturday. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
Albion 235 for three beat University-Grange 194

An unbeaten 171-run fourth wicket partnership set Albion on its way to remain undefeated atop the declaration cricket table.

It beat University-Grange by 41 runs at Memorial Park.

Angus McKenzie joined Hamish Rutherford at the crease with the score at 64 for three and the duo took control.

McKenzie struck 96 not out at better than a run a ball, hitting 16 fours and three sixes, while Rutherford added 72 not out at the other end.

Sam Edmund was the best of the University-Grange bowlers, claiming two for 58.

Jacob Cumming was something of a one-man team as University-Grange began its innings after Albion declared on 235 for three.

The promising youngster hit 116 of his team’s 194.

Otago Volts seamer Matt Bacon took two wickets inside the first four overs to have the side at nine for two.

He went on to take three more wickets and finished with impressive figures of five for 37, while former Volt Sam Wells was similarly dominant with three for 20.

Xavier Chisholm’s 36 was the only other score above five for University-Grange.

Green Island 330 for eight beat Taieri 302

Keegan Russell took five wickets for 63 runs as Green Island held off a valiant chase from Taieri at Sunnyvale.

Dale Phillips and Cameron Jackson put on 172 runs in 24 overs for the fourth wicket, but it was not enough to overhaul Green Island’s target of 330.

Taieri had been looking good in its chase as it compiled 226 in 33 overs.

However, when Russell bowled Phillips on 99, it triggered a collapse.

Russell took another two quick wickets, including removing Jackson for 112, before Jack Mockford claimed two late ones to put an end to a fightback from the tail.

Earlier, Green Island showed depth throughout its batting line-up to notch its total.

Brad Kneebone and Oliver Burbidge both scored half-centuries to put on 108 for the opening stand.

Joel Meade top-scored with 68, although several others made handy contributions through the middle.

Nathan McNicol took five for 90 for Taieri, while Ben Lockrose had three for 95.

North East Valley 278 drew with CDK 153 for nine

A Hunter Kindley century gave North East Valley a strong platform, but its bowlers could not quite finish off CDK at Bishopscourt.

Kindley came in at first drop and scored 103 to hold up one end throughout the majority of the innings.

Opener Anaru Kitchen provided the best support with 62 off 63 balls.

Volts bowlers Nathan Smith and Michael Rippon both took three wickets apiece for CDK.

Mitch Renwick proved key in saving the game for CDK.

The opening batsman scored 79 not out, like Kindley holding up an end as wickets fell around him.

Smith came in at No3 and scored 19, but Kurt Johnston’s 18 was the only other score in double figures.

Jarrod McKay took four for 38, while Corey Perrett had three for 17 and Michael Rae nabbed two wickets early on.

But they fell a wicket short as CDK held on.

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