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Albion 195 for nine lost to NE Valley 196 for six
North East Valley took a big step towards securing the Bing Harris Shield with a four-wicket win against rival Albion at Tonga Park on Saturday.
Valley nursed a narrow lead at the top of the combined standings before the crucial match. The tense win has helped create a little bit more breathing space.
Albion bated first and posted a competitive total of 195 for nine. Angus McKenzie top scored with 57 and Tim Ford added a valuable 51 not out. The pair combined in an important 68-run partnership before keeper Will Kindley’s catch off Corey Perrett’s bowling snared McKenzie.
Hunter Kindley (one for 22 from 10) bowled a tight spell to keep the run rate down, and Travis Muller picked up a hat trick in the final over.
Perrett (two for 34 off 10) and Kyle Hastie (two for 30 off 9) were instrumental as well.
Valley opener Thorn Parkes compiled a patient knock of 48 off 82 but Valley was in a spot of trouble at 71 for four. Sam Tallott (40), Muller (28 not out) and Perrett (39 not out) secured the win with two and a-half overs remaining.
Uni-Grange 93 lost to Taieri 99 for two
Taieri spinner Ben Lockrose took a five-wicket bag to set up an eight-wicket win against University-Grange at Brooklands.
Grange stumbled to a paltry total of 93 from 25.3 overs.
Otago A batsman Jacob Cumming top-scored with 49 but he got precious little support.
Lockrose ripped through he top and middle order, nabbing five for 38 from his 10 overs.
Taieri took just over 10 overs to overhaul the target.
Opener Jake Folley blasted 32 from 15 then Dale Phillips (36 not out) and Beckham Wheeler-Greenall (26 not out) did the rest.
University-Grange has won just one of its 22 games this season.
Green Island 170 beat Carisbrook-Dunedin 107
Green Island strike bowler Tony Cardno had a day to remember at Tonga Park.
He ran through the Carisbrook-Dunedin top-five to clinch an impressive five-wicket bag and set-up a comfortable 63-run win.
Jack Mockford picked up three for 39 in a decent effort as well.
Liam Ryan resisted with 34 and Max Chu made 25, but no-one else was able to reach double figures.
Earlier, Green Island veteran all-rounder Geordie Scott pummelled 81 from 45 balls. He clouted six sixes and four fours in a blistering assault.
Mockford made 25 but that was the only other significant score.
Patrick Arnold was arguably the pick of the bowlers for Carisbrook-Dunedin with two for 17.