Tigers con­sol­i­date top spot

Albany Advertiser - - CRICKET - Cameron New­bold

Rail­ways have fur­ther stretched their ad­van­tage at the top of the Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade stand­ings af­ter se­cur­ing a bonus-point vic­tory over Den­mark without cap­tain Zane Mar­wick and all-rounder Nathan Crudeli on Satur­day.

The Tigers were miss­ing the key pair, who are play­ing in the Aus­tralian Coun­try Cricket Cham­pi­onships in Vic­to­ria, but they pro­duced a ter­rific bowl­ing per­for­mance at Turf North as the Mag­pies failed to con­jure a part­ner­ship worth 30 runs or more.

Coen Mar­wick made the cru­cial early break­through to dis­miss Matt Bur­ton (14) and then the pro­moted Matt El­lul (5), who filled the void of ab­sent vet­eran Cary Green, and he was one of four Tigers play­ers to snare two wick­ets.

When Ryan Gaerth was run out for a duck, the Mag­pies were in a spot of bother at 3-30 and never able to get back on track.

Dan Rob­son hung around for a pa­tient in­nings of 34 be­fore he was un­done by spin­ner Has­nain Nawaz (2-16) and young­ster Oliver Pluck­hahn was the only other Mag­pies bats­man to reach dou­ble fig­ures, mak­ing 14 un­til be­ing re­moved by Jack Richards (2-14).

Play­ing his first A-grade match since round 3, Ryan Tin­dale snared 2-16, which in­cluded the fi­nal wicket as the Mag­pies were bowled out for 91, with Coen Mar­wick’s spell of 2-13 off nine prov­ing cru­cial. In re­ply, the Tigers were cruis­ing with open­ing pair Mark Natale and Sam Want see­ing off the new ball chal­lenge and shared in a half- cen­tury first wicket stand be­fore Want’s day came to an end on 25.

Natale fin­ished un­beaten on 43 and Matt Wal­ters was 15 not out as the Tigers coasted to a nine-wicket win, pass­ing the to­tal in 26 overs.

The Tigers have now won seven matches and sit 17 points clear on top with a stag­ger­ing nine bonus points from only nine games.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Rail­ways' Has­nain Nawaz bowls as Den­mark's Oliver Pluck­hahn backs up.

Rail­ways' play­ers ap­peal for the stump­ing against Den­mark's Oliver Pluck­hahn.

Den­mark's Dan Rob­son plays the ball off his pads.

Rail­ways' Ryan Tin­dale.

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