Gal­lant Park un­able to chase down Rail­ways’ big to­tal

Albany Advertiser - - CRICKET - Cameron New­bold

Colling­wood Park’s big­gest score of the sea­son was not enough to knock off reign­ing pre­miers Rail­ways af­ter a run-fest on Turf South that ended with the Tigers chalk­ing up a fifth straight win on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Park had the un­en­vi­able task of chas­ing a big vic­tory tar­get af­ter the Tigers, led by dam­ag­ing all­rounder Nathan Crudeli, reached 7-241 from their al­lot­ted 50 overs.

The Tigers lost three quick wick­ets be­fore Crudeli and skip­per Zane Mar­wick put on 91 runs for the fourth wicket, the bulk of them com­ing from the ag­gres­sive righthander.

Crudeli’s third scor­ing shot was a six and he plun­dered five in to­tal to go with eight fours in a ter­rific knock of 85 that an­chored his side’s in­nings.

He was even­tu­ally out try­ing for an­other max­i­mum, Leroy van den Dool hang­ing on to the catch in the deep off An­dre Gabriel.

When Crudeli fi­nally de­parted, the Tigers were 5-170 and Alan Pi­etersen came and went with­out the score chang­ing, but young­ster Ai­dan Dal­limore (38 not out) and unas­sum­ing No.9 Jack Richards (29 not out) pushed their side be­yond 200.

The Tigers put on 58 runs in the fi­nal 10 overs as Park’s task bat­ting sec­ond grew by the over.

Need­ing al­most five runs an over from the out­set, Park showed their met­tle with the blade as Nathan Dovey (49) and Matt He­berle (31) made a strong fist of it in the first 30 overs.

Josh Brennan made 31 and Nic Bar­row chipped in with 30 as Park pushed the game as deep as they could, fin­ish­ing on 9-183 — their big­gest to­tal of the sea­son.

English­man Has­nain Nawaz snared Brennan and Bar­row and fin­ished with 3-17, while Crudeli wrapped up man-of-the-match hon­ours with 2-21 as the Tigers scored a 58-run win.

Park fell just short of pre­vent­ing the reign­ing five-time pre­miers from gain­ing a bonus point.

Mean­while at Turf East, Many-peaks bounced back strongly with the bat to make 191 be­fore seam­ers Tom Suther­land and War­wick Du­rack cre­ated havoc with the ball.

Harry Broomhall sur­vived a cou­ple of nervy mo­ments to make his best score of the sea­son, with his knock of 65 help­ing Peaks reach 5-191.

Du­rack then tore through the Bulls’ top or­der, re­mov­ing Alex Fergie (2), Jeremy Wood (0) and Nathan Crosby (7) in a sen­sa­tional three overs.

The Bulls never re­cov­ered from 3-11 as Jar­rad Gardner pro­vided some mid­dle-or­der re­sis­tance with 25. How­ever, Suther­land wrapped things up quickly af­ter his maiden five-wicket haul in A-grade.

Suther­land skit­tled the Bulls’ mid­dle and lower or­der, fin­ish­ing with 5-21 off 9.3 overs as they were bun­dled out for 68.

Du­rack was su­perb with 3-9 and im­port Dom O’Reilly nabbed two late wick­ets as Peaks cruised to a dou­ble bonus-point win that lifted them from fourth to sec­ond on the lad­der.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Rail­ways' Nathan Crudeli pulls through mid-wicket.

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