Rail­ways re­main in con­trol

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Rail­ways stretched their win­ning streak to three matches af­ter a dis­ci­plined bowl­ing per­for­mance helped the reign­ing four-time pre­miers de­feat Mt Barker by 32 runs in their clash at Turf North on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

With wins over Colling­wood Park and North County in their open­ing two games of the sea­son fol­lowed with a bye, an in­trigu­ing round 4 en­counter awaited the Tigers on a deck that of­fered plenty of as­sis­tance for the bowlers and be­came harder to score as the day wore on.

The Bulls lost the toss and were forced to field but they started im­pres­sively as open­ing bowlers Ja­cob Win­tle and Steven Scott trou­bled and even­tu­ally re­moved Tigers’ key duo Zane Mar­wick and Mitch Green cheaply.

Nathan Crudeli, play­ing solely as a bats­man be­cause of a back in­jury, also had a brief stay at the crease be­fore he was trapped lbw by Tim Fitzger­ald in his first A-grade ap­pear­ance for the Bulls.

Matt Wal­ters was an­chor­ing the Tigers in­nings but his dis­missal and then Alan Pi­etersen be­com­ing Fitzger­ald’s sec­ond scalp left the home side 5-76 with 15 overs re­main­ing.

Coen Mar­wick and young­ster Ai­dan Dal­limore shared in a vi­tal 35-run part­ner­ship to guide the Tigers past 100 but once Coen Mar- wick was caught in the deep the Tigers lower or­der was quickly knocked over. Dal­limore made 20 and Coen Mar­wick chipped in with 29 as the Tigers were bowled out for 129 in 44 overs.

Chas­ing 130 to claim con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries the Bulls got through the ini­tial 12-over pe­riod un­scathed be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of spin­ner Zane Mar­wick and nag­ging seamer Ryan Tin­dale had a dis­as­trous ef­fect for the visi­tors.

In the space five over the Bulls lost 3-6 as Zane Mar­wick firstly bowled Alex Fergie on 23 and then Nathan Crosby (2) and Luke Ham­mond (4) were re­moved by Tin­dale.

Zane Mar­wick then snared the prize wicket of fel­low skip­per and for­mer team­mate Jeremy Wood for eight as the Bulls slumped to 4-47.

Fitzger­ald pro­vided some re­sis­tance with 21 runs from 32 balls but Tin­dale capped off a fine nine over spell to also re­move him as

the Bulls were dis­missed for 97.

Debu­tant off-spin­ner Au­bin Spurr helped clean up the tail with 3-18, the Tigers ef­fort with the ball also yield­ing a bonus point as they kept the Bulls to un­der the 103-run mark needed for an ex­tra point.

Tin­dale fin­ished with 3-14 and was well sup­ported by Zane Mar­wick (3-26) while opener Coen Mar­wick con­ceded just 11 runs from his tight seven over spell at the top.

The bonus-point win con­tin­ues the Tigers’ strong sea­son start and has them clear on top of the ta­ble with 22 points ahead of a meet­ing with Many­peaks this week­end.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Rail­ways' Coen Mar­wick lofts Mt Barker's Tim Fitzger­ald down the ground dur­ing Sun­day’s clash at Turf North.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Mt Barker's Tim Fitzger­ald bowls.

Mt Barker’s Jeremy Wood in his de­liv­ery stride.

Rail­ways' Nathan Crudeli clips a ball on to the leg­side.

Rail­ways' Coen Mar­wick de­fends.

Mt Barker's Tim Fitzger­ald cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter re­mov­ing Rail­ways' Nathan Crudeli.

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