Tight at the top after shortened matches

Rain threatened all morning but Dunedin premier games all proceeded, albeit with reduced overs, on Saturday.

Taieri and North East Valley both had wins and are tied at the top after five rounds.

Club T20 cricket will start on Friday, but 50-over cricket will continue on Saturdays until Christmas.

Albion 149/9 lost to Uni-Grange 152/6 by four wickets

Jacob Cumming led University-Grange to its first win of the season at Tonga Park.

Cumming struck a composed 63 off 75 balls (four fours, two sixes) as University-Grange chased down its target of 150 with four wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.

Cumming and Joe Ingram (27) added 80 for the opening wicket, before Stephen Markham (30 off 28) came in to help finish the job.

Josh Cuttance came within a whisker of a hat trick for Albion, snaring three wickets in the space of four balls across two overs as University-Grange had a brief flurry of doubt at the end.

Earlier, Louis Holt had claimed three for 33 for University-Grange as Albion made 149 for nine off its allocated 28 overs.

Josh Tasman-Jones (33) and Angus McKenzie (31) were the main contributors for Albion.

Taieri 234/9 beat Gr Island 124 by 110 runs

There were handy efforts all over the park as Taieri posted a bonus-point win at Brooklands.

The home side posted a commanding total of 234 off its allocated 43 overs before rolling Green Island for 124 in the 34th over.

Adam Jones (56) and Cameron Jackson (50) had a 71-run partnership for the second wicket for Taieri, while Tom Dempster whacked 48 off 43 and Regan Flaws chipped in with 21 off nine.

Both Blair Soper (three for 32) and Christi Viljoen (three for 44) had success for Green Island.

In reply, the Swamprats did not produce much resistance, only Viljoen — grafting for 31 off 68 balls — and Nick Parata (24) passing 20.

In a balanced Taieri bowling attack, Flaws had the best figures of three for 15, while Marcus Frost, Ben Lockrose and Hamish Hunter each took two wickets.

CDK 155/7 lost to NE Valley 156/3 by seven wickets

Thorn Parkes powered North East Valley to victory in a 30-over game at Logan Park.

Chasing 156 for the win, the Swans got there with nine overs to spare.

Parkes cleared the rope four times and also hit four fours in his unbeaten 67 off 57 balls, adding 42 for the opening wicket with Llew Johnson (33), 39 for the second with Hunter Kindley (17) and 62 for the third with Will Kindley (19).

Jeremy Smith led the CDK bowlers with two for 27.

The Demon Dogs had struggled to get going in their innings, Seb Kyle (31) and Taine Bayly (29) providing some late impetus as Travis Muller (two for 36) and Kyle Hastie (two for 30) led the Swans attack.

Dunedin cricket

The standings

Taieri 15, North East Valley 15, Carisbrook-Dunedin/Kaikorai 10, Green Island 10, Albion4, University-Grange 4.

 - Hayden Meikle


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