Albion, Union to battle for Rosebowl after round robin placings

Albion and Union will play in the Dick Hunt Rosebowl holiday competition final this weekend after they finished first and second respectively at the end of the round robin phase.

Albion played the Oamaru Presidents XI at the outer oval, recording 164 for eight off its 20 overs.

Amal Ashok (47) continued his fine form, while Ravi Lalai scored 40 and Hayden Creedy 25. For the Presidents XI, Harvinder Sandhu took three for 14.

The Presidents XI started well in its chase through Sarel Smit (22) and Kunal Mahajan (33) but struggled to continue the momentum and finished on 147 for six.

Ashok backed up his batting performance by taking two for 16.

At King George Park, Valley won the toss and elected to field. Thomas Shields dominated the innings for Union, making 94, while twin Jeremiah was 26 not out, their team totalling 166 for seven. Josh Phipps (three for 22) and Jake Matthews (two for 27) bowled well for Valley.

Union looked to have the game well in hand but some lusty hitting from Matthews (55) and Isaac Clunie (45) led their side home in the 19th over. Garry Singh took three for 13 for Union.

The final game of the round was played at Glenavy, where the Oamaru Coaches XI won the toss and batted.

Openers Stephan Grobler (37) and Ricky Singh (31) got their side off to a good start, and Zach Naldrett contributed 31 at the end of the innings as the Coaches XI reached 149 for four.

Ethan Booth (two for 12) was the best of the Glenavy bowlers.

Glenavy struggled in its chase and finished with 115 for six from its 20 overs.

Zach Graham top-scored with 34 and Ethan Booth reached 27. Grobler was the best of the bowlers, taking three for 22.

The second round of the weekend was called off due to wet conditions.

 - Scott Cameron

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