CROSBY’S CRACK­ING FORM

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Mt Barker's Nathan Crosby cel­e­brates his cen­tury against North County on Satur­day. The opener con­tin­ued his form with an im­pres­sive 97 the next day in Al­bany’s bonus point win over Bus­sel­ton-Mar­garet River in round 2 of the Coun­try Cup.

Mt Barker have pro­duced a rous­ing bonus point vic­tory with­out cap­tain Jeremy Wood, in­flict­ing North County with their first de­feat of the sea­son on the back on an­other bril­liant knock from opener Nathan Crosby.

Crosby has started the new Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade sea­son in sparkling touch and that con­tin­ued in round 3 with an un­beaten cen­tury guid­ing the un­der­manned Bulls to a ter­rific to­tal bat­ting first.

Wood, keeper Luke Ham­mond and Phil Baker all missed the clash but their ab­sence was not felt with the bat as the Bulls reached 4-228 from their 45 overs with Crosby and vet­eran Gra­ham Wright an­chor­ing the in­nings.

Af­ter scores of 50 and 66 in the first two matches, Crosby blasted his way to triple fig­ures late in the in­nings and fin­ished with 110 not out. He smacked 11 bound­aries and one six, which brought up the cen­tury and shared in a defin­ing 111run part­ner­ship with Wright.

Af­ter a way­ward start from im­port Riecko Parker-Cole with the ball, young star Michael Fer­reira kept things tight at the other end and fel­low young­ster James Plow­man even­tu­ally snared the first wicket of Alex Fer­gie for eight.

Ja­son Jones made a quick fire 29 be­fore be­com­ing one of two Paul Os­borne vic­tims but a pa­tient 51 from Wright along with Crosby’s hero­ics helped them pass 200.

A 41-run open­ing stand from Aaron Wil­liams and Michael Fer­reira at more than four runs per over had the Bull­dogs on track but three quick wick­ets turned the chase around.

Steven Scott re­moved Michael Fer­reira on 21 and brother Matthew Fer­reira found him­self run out for a duck soon af­ter and when Scott also snared Wil­liams (23) the Bull­dogs were 3-51.

Parker-Cole needed lit­tle time to set­tle and he looked threat­en­ing only to be trapped in front by Fer­gie on 34.

Two balls later and the Bulls had an­other, this time Craig Tonkin also out lbw to Fer­gie with­out trou­bling the scor­ers and skip­per Neil Fer­reira had eked his way to 20 but was also un­done by Fer­gie.

Scott Ganzer pro­vided plenty of re­sis­tance, even af­ter in­jur­ing him­self and re­quir­ing a run­ner, with an en­ter­tain­ing 38 but the craft of Fer­gie en­sured a com­fort­able Bulls win.

Fer­gie fin­ished with 5-36 from his nine overs and Scott snared the fi­nal wicket as he claimed 3-35 with the Bull­dogs dis­missed for 168.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son Pho­tos avail­able at west­pix.com.au

Mt Barker opener Nathan Crosby hits over mid wicket to bring up his cen­tury against North County.

Mt Barker's Gra­ham Wright cuts on his way to a half cen­tury.

Mt Barker's Dean Couper is bowled for a duck against North County.

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