John McKenzie rounds up Dunedin cricket games played during the weekend.
University-Grange 185/9 beat Carisbrook-Dunedin 183 by one wicket
University-Grange and Carisbrook-Dunedin had an epic battle in the penultimate round of the Dunedin senior competition on Saturday.
University-Grange had plenty of overs in hand as it chased down a target of 184, but eventually it scraped home with just a wicket to spare.
Earlier, Sean Eathorne hit a gallant 50 to steer Carisbrook-Dunedin to a competent total, which at times looked like it would be enough.
Cam Rutherford (three for 50) and Michael Haddleton (four for 61) were the pick of the bowlers for University-Grange, collecting some key wickets.
In response, Grange batted with perseverance, but lost wickets at regular intervals to set up a tight finish.
Steve Jakeway (41 not out) top scored but with some low scores by his counterparts, the side was 12 runs shy of victory when its ninth wicket fell. Jakeway kept his cool, scoring all of his side's last 13 runs to get it home.
Green Island 133/5 beat Albion 131 by five wickets
Green Island, which wrapped up the Bing Harris Trophy two weeks ago, continued its dominance by beating Albion.
The Albion batsmen struggled to contain the vaunted Green Island bowling attack, losing key wickets in quick succession, to be all out for 133 inside 37 overs.
Mark Craig (47) top scored for Albion, with modest contributions from Sam Ward (21) and Greg Knowles (20).
Green Island started slowly in reply, and at 39 for three, the match was arguably in the balance.
Good bowling by Knowles (four for 38) restricted the Green Island line-up, but with Scott Simpson (48) and Henry Blackwell (32) contributing, the side reached the total inside 25 overs to put an early finish to the match.
Taieri 222/9 beat North East Valley 135 by 87 runs
Taieri's strong form continued as the side scored the most runs by any team on Saturday with 222.
Ash Simpson (79) and Corey Hart (56) put on a 105-run partnership for the second wicket to set the base for the total.
North East Valley bowler Simon Murley had his best performance of the season with the ball, collecting six wickets for 67 runs from 22 overs.
However, the other bowlers struggled to contain the Taieri batsmen, leaving Murley's team with a daunting chase.
North East Valley started well, scoring 41 runs before losing its first wicket, but with young Taieri bowler Jack Hunter performing strongly (four for 48), Valley stumbled to lose quick wickets and be all out for 135 inside 33 overs.