Roy­als on the front foot as Bull­dogs have a bat­ting day to for­get

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Roy­als se­cured their sec­ond win of the Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade com­pe­ti­tion and a bonus point af­ter knock­ing off North County on Satur­day. Roy­als’ Ted Batch­e­lor, pic­tured, was part of a cru­cial mid­dle-or­der part­ner­ship.

A North County bat­ting col­lapse has handed Roy­als their sec­ond win of the sea­son, af­ter they suc­cess­fully de­fended 127 in round 7 of the Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The Bull­dogs would have been im­pressed with their ef­forts with the ball, given the ab­sence of reg­u­lar seamer Graeme Wein­ert, but they had a day to for­get with the bat.

Chas­ing 128 to win, the Bull­dogs re­cov­ered af­ter the early loss of Aaron Wil­liams (0) and Craig Tonkin (1) who fell in con­sec­u­tive overs from Lions im­port Sam Hughes.

Hughes’ dou­ble break­through was just what the Lions needed with a small to­tal on the board but No.3 Tyler Crom­melin ap­peared in a hurry from the mo­ment he walked out.

Crom­melin crunched five bound­aries as he tried to reel in the runs quickly while at the other end Bull­dogs im­port Riecko Parker-Cole went about mak­ing a start af­ter get­ting dropped early in his in­nings at mid-wicket.

The pair shared in a 45-run third­wicket stand that got the Bull­dogs past 50 be­fore Mar­cus Mel­lon de­liv­ered two balls that brought about their demise.

Mel­lon in his third over, af­ter the first went for 11 runs, had Crom­melin edg­ing to keeper Jack Steel on 35 from as many de­liv­er­ies and then he clean-bowled Parker-Cole (13) to leave them pre­car­i­ously placed at 4-55.

Cap­tain Neil Fer­reira won his side the game with a de­fi­ant knock, when the two sides last played back in round 15 last sea­son and he again loomed as the hope of get­ting them over the line.

How­ever, the wick­ets tum­bled around him as the Bull­dogs lost 8-17 to be all out for 71 in­side 20 overs.

There were four ducks, two of which were run-outs as things be­gan to fall apart for the Bull­dogs lower or­der.

Re­turn­ing left-armer Dy­lan Holt snared the last scalps to hand his side a much-needed bonus point.

Fer­reira fin­ished on 13 not-out but the Lions fired with the ball cour­tesy of Hughes (2-26), Mel­lon (3-20) and Holt (2-15).

Holt en­joyed a ter­rific day af­ter also con­tribut­ing 23 with the wil­low to help his side sur­pass 100.

Digby Nuthall (15) and Mitch Green (27) got the Lions off to a great start bat­ting first on Turf North as they put on 40 runs but in the end mid­dle or­der runs from Holt and Ted Batch­e­lor (15) proved cru­cial in the re­sult.

Paul Os­borne bowled very well to claim 3-12 off his 7.4 overs and Parker-Cole showed greater con­trol with the ball to fin­ish with 2-33.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

North County's Jed Langslow bowls as Roy­als' Jack Hastie backs up.

Roy­als' Jack Hastie is bowled by North County's Fabian Bolton.

Roy­als' Ted Batch­e­lor is run-out af­ter mak­ing an im­por­tant 15.

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