Papanui Tigers ended Albion's unbeaten run in the Canterbury premier men's championship competition with a 2-0 win on Saturday.
Marty Warren was the toast of his team, scoring both runs in the second inning when batted in first by a Luke Sutherland three-base hit and then in fourth with an automatic home run.
The Tigers completed a successful double for the day, heading the Halswell Hornets 7-5 at Mainland Ballpark.
It was an even batting encounter, with eight hits for Papanui and seven for Halswell. However, the latter will be frustrated at leaving nine on base.
Travis Bartorillo was one of Papanui's best batters, with three hits from four bats, including a triple.
Halswell suffered their second defeat of the day, with the PCU Devils winning 3-0.
Halswell struggled against the pitching of Canadian import Kyle Crawford.
Crawford, in his club debut, faced 25 batters and claimed six strikeouts, conceding just three hits and a walk.
Daniel Milne brought home all three runs in the first inning, with an automatic home run that landed lead-off Steve MacFarlane and Brad Annandale who were on base.
In the women's premier grade, Richmond Keas were dealt their first loss of the season when newcomers Halswell pipped them 11-10 in a high-scoring encounter at Papanui Domain.
The win completed a fine day for Halswell, who scored their first premier grade win against Sydenham-Kereru, 10-3.
Richmond Keas were untroubled against Albion Cardinals, 8-0.
Sydenham-Kereru bounced back from their loss to pip Papanui 3-1.
The winners were without outfielder Robyn Hall, who is playing in Perth at the Gilles Shield with a White Sox selection.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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