Test­ing two weeks for Tigers

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Rail­ways cap­tain Zane Mar­wick says the de­fend­ing pre­miers face an in­trigu­ing fort­night ahead as they tackle Mt Barker and Many­peaks in the up­com­ing rounds of the Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade com­pe­ti­tion.

Un­beaten from their open­ing two games, the Tigers will clash with new A-grade ri­vals Mt Barker at Turf North on Satur­day be­fore meet­ing Peaks the fol­low­ing week- end. The Bulls have showed solid signs in their first three games at the top level, los­ing to Peaks by 61 runs and made 235 bat­ting first in a no-re­sult against Den­mark be­fore se­cur­ing their maiden win in thrilling cir­cum­stances over Colling­wood Park last Satur­day.

Af­ter en­joy­ing the round 3 bye, Mar­wick said his side were rar­ing to go against the Bulls as they come up against for­mer team­mate Jeremy Wood, who was part of their premier­ship last sea­son, for the first time.

“The next two weeks are a good op­por­tu­nity to see where we are at against two top sides in the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“We’ve had a good start but are still try­ing to find our best mix with bat and ball.

“We don’t know a lot about (Mt Barker) re­ally but they have some qual­ity play­ers so we need to be on our game to beat them.

“Jezza is a re­ally good player and we need to get him out early and the boys will all be keen to try and get him out and make sure he doesn’t have a big im­pact on the game.”

The Tigers are ex­pected to in­clude young off-spin­ner Au­bin Spurr, who would make his A-grade de­but in their side af­ter play­ing for Clare­mon­tNed­lands in the WACA District un­der-17s com­pe­ti­tion in re­cent weeks.

In other round 4 fix­tures, the Mag­pies host Park in a vi­tal match for both sides while Peaks and North Coun­try, who both won last week, do bat­tle at Turf West.

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