Seniors fall in top of the table clash
By Blah on Monday, 7 November 2016
The Union Senior team lost to the Waitaki Boys High School 1st XI in the weekend in a top of the table clash at King George Park.
Waitaki Boys won the toss and elected to bat but found themselves in trouble early after Union snagged two early wickets to leave them 2/8 in the fifth over. Otago Volts paceman Nathan Smith and North Otago all-rounder Francois Mostert then combined to put on 122 for the third wicket to leave their team in a strong position before Mostert (71) was caught Thomas Shields of the bowling of Duncan Drew. With the loss of his wicket, Union ripped through the oppositions middle order taking 6 further wickets for only 30 runs, Waitaki struggling to the bowling veterans of Duncan Drew and Paul Johnston. It was Scott Kitto and Hayden Creedy who then pulled the momentum back in their sides favour putting on an unbeaten 46 runs for the 10th wicket making sure Waitaki batted out their full 50 overs. Kitto finished with 31 while Creedy finished with 15. For Union Drew finished with 3-36 of his ten overs while Johnston took 4-36 of his 9. The home team would need 207 for victory.
Once again openers Glynn Cameron and Drew got their team of to a good start, the pair putting on 59 for the first wicket before Cameron (19) was caught by Mostert of the bowling of Josh Hayward. Union was to lose its wickets in clumps with the second and third wickets falling quickly later before Sean Conlan and Drew looked to steady the ship. They moved the total to 98 before Conlan was out for 16 to the bowling of Hayden Creedy. At this point the pressure was starting to toll with the required run rate starting to climb thanks to an accurate bowling effort from Waitaki Boys. Mostert showed why he will be a key player during the Hawke Cup season, taking only the one wicket but his 5 overs only went for 2 runs, making the Union team struggle to get the required runs to relive the pressure. The home team did bat until the 50th over but was well short of its target and was all out for 171, 36 runs short of victory. All Waitaki Boys bowlers went for less than 3.8 an over with Blake James (3-36) and Scott Kitto (3-23) taking three wickets each. Drew was the only batsmen to score over 20, continuing his form last week's century. They now have bye next week before two home games at King George Park the following weeks.
Waitaki BHS 206-9 ( F. Mostert 71, N. Smith 56, S. Kitto 31no, H. Creedy 15no, P. Johnston 4-36, D. Drew 3-36 )
Union 171 ( D. Drew 62, G. Cameron 19, S. Conlan 16, D. Edwards 15, B. Fleming 15, M. Thomas 12no, N. Donaldson 11, S. Kitto 3-23, B. James 3-36, J. Hayward 2-36 )
Waitaki BHS won by 35 runs
Full scorecard for the match