Park, Roy­als seek season’s first win

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Collingwood Park and Roy­als will be look­ing for more runs in week three of the 2018-19 Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade com­pe­ti­tion as the pair face off on Satur­day in the hopes of their first win of the season.

Both sides have had the bye al­ready in the first two rounds and lost their only fix­ture, with the Lions go­ing down to Many­peaks by four wick­ets in round 1, while Park lost by one wicket in a tense clash with Peaks last Satur­day.

Park made just 116 last week and nearly de­fended that to­tal but coach Matt He­berle said his side sim­ply needed more runs to give them­selves a chance of win­ning games.

Skip­per Tim Pyle is set to head­line a list of four in­clu­sions for Park this Satur­day, with seamer Ricky Weight and all-round duo Nic Bar­row and Jack McPhee also re­turn­ing.

“Get­ting 150-160 is not a big tar­get but it gets you in the game,” He­berle said.

“Our bowl­ing and field­ing is good enough, we just need more runs.”

The Lions will re­gain strike bowler Dy­lan Holt this Satur­day.

The left-armer took 15 wick­ets in the one-day com­pe­ti­tion last season at an av­er­age of 16 and will help strengthen his side’s at­tack which al­ready fea­tures Mar­cus Mel­lon, Bodhi Stub­ber and im­port Sam Hughes.

Roy­als cap­tain Jack Hastie said his side must im­prove quickly from their first-up loss.

“Ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed in the re­sult in round 1 given that we were well and truly in that game and let it slip,” he said.

“We can’t af­ford to be go­ing 0-2 straight away, so look­ing for a big ef­fort from our se­nior guys.

“We are very ex­cited to have Dy­lan Holt back this week.”

In other games on Satur­day, Den­mark will host Rail­ways as they too look to notch their first win of the season and North County will aim to make it three wins in a row when they face Mt Barker at Turf North.

The ACA face a must-win clash against Bus­sel­ton-Mar­garet River Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion in the sec­ond round of the new-look WA Coun­try Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Both games will be played at For­rest Park in Bun­bury on Sun­day, with Al­bany need­ing a win over BMCA to keep alive their hopes of reach­ing the fi­nal at the WACA next month.

Al­bany suf­fered a six-wicket loss to the WA In­vi­ta­tional XI in the open­ing round in Nar­ro­gin last Sun­day and will likely need to beat BMCA and then Bun­bury and Dis­tricts Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion to fin­ish in the top two.

In a blow to their hopes this week­end, key bats­man Jeremy Wood and Nathan Dovey are both con­firmed omis­sions from last week’s team, but star all-rounder Pa­trick But­ler is a ma­jor in­clu­sion.

The fi­nal XI for round 2 will be named later this week.

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