Al­bany in Cup con­tention

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Nathan Crosby’s rich vein of form with the bat has helped Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion re­main alive in the Coun­try Cup com­pe­ti­tion af­ter an em­phatic 79-run win over Bus­sel­ton-Mar­garet River Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion at For­rest Park on Sun­day.

A first-up loss to the WA In­vi­ta­tion XI had the ACA on the back foot in the re­vamped 50-over com­pe­ti­tion and there was one change to that team from the open­ing round with cen­tu­rion Jeremy Wood un­avail­able, re­placed by Pa­trick But­ler.

Crosby how­ever was the cor­ner­stone of the Whalers in­nings, as he made a pa­tient 97 to help his side set a strong to­tal bat­ting first.

He hit 12 bound­aries in the match-win­ning knock and was the eighth wicket to fall as Al­bany went on to be bowled out for 206 in 43 overs.

Cap­tain Zane Mar­wick and Crosby put on an open­ing stand of 35 but wick­ets fell reg­u­larly to leave Al­bany 4-69 when Harry Broomhall departed on 16.

Af­ter scor­ing a ton in the ACA A-grade com­pe­ti­tion the pre­vi­ous day, Crosby fell three runs short of an­other cen­tury but his 97 along with a mid­dle or­der cameo from hard-hit­ting im­port Riecko Park­erCole (38) en­sured Al­bany were in the box seat. Nathan Crudeli struck the first blow for the Whalers with the ball just three overs in and then broth­ers Zane and Coen Mar­wick helped halt BMRCA to 3-53 when they re­moved Ben Lloyd (9) and Ben Clarke (9).

A cru­cial dou­ble strike from leg spin­ner But­ler, firstly to dis­miss Troy­den Thorp (37) and then in the same over Nick Barr (1), en­sured Al­bany would emerge vic­to­ri­ous.

But­ler fin­ished with 3-22 from his 10-over spell in an im­pres­sive re­turn to rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket for Al­bany while Crudeli (2-27 off 10), Coen Mar­wick (2-29 off 10) and Zane Mar­wick (2-20 off 10) helped bowl BMRCA out for 128 in re­ply.

The re­sult lifted the Whalers to sec­ond in the Coun­try Cup standings be­hind Bunbury and Dis­tricts Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion ahead of the fi­nal round in Al­bany on Novem­ber 18.

Zane Mar­wick said there was still plenty of im­prove­ment in his side as they aim to fin­ish in the top two and reach next month’s fi­nal.

“We still un­der­achieved a bit with the bat, not bat­ting our overs and get­ting 250,” he said.

“The bowl­ing and field­ing was re­ally good, a lot bet­ter than last week. Nath (Crosby) is in very good form and re­ally held our in­nings to­gether when we lost two clumps of wick­ets.

“We now play Bunbury who are go­ing to be the best team we’ve come up against, we have to keep im­prov­ing on the ar­eas we’ve as­sessed we need to im­prove and give our­selves a chance of mak­ing the fi­nal.”

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