Im­port Hughes leads way as Roy­als skit­tle Park for 80

Albany Advertiser - - CRICKET - Cameron New­bold

An im­pres­sive bowl­ing dis­play has shot Roy­als to fifth place and en­hanced their fi­nals as­pi­ra­tions af­ter skit­tling Colling­wood Park for 80 in their round 10 Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade fix­ture on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The Li­ons sat at the foot of the ta­ble head­ing into the first game of 2019 but recorded their third win of the sea­son to leap up the stand­ings as their bowlers set the game up early on Turf East.

English­man Sam Hughes was the chief de­stroyer for the Li­ons, re­mov­ing Park’s top run scorer Nathan Dovey (4) for his low­est score of the sea­son when he chipped back for a sim­ple caught and bowled in the sixth over.

Hughes struck again in the same over when Ben Grey was caught be­hind for a duck to leave Park 3-11 af­ter Dy­lan Holt had ear­lier bounced out Jesse Spaan­der­man.

It be­came 4-19 when Matt He­berle held out at mid-on, again off the bowl­ing of Hughes for 3 as the Li­ons took a stran­gle­hold on the game.

Nic Bar­row and Steve Van Nierop both made 15, pro­vid­ing some re­sis­tance but the Li­ons con­tin­ued to take wick­ets.

Young­ster Sam Steel pro­duced his best A-grade per­for­mance, tak­ing 3-18 as Park slumped to 9-67.

An­dre Gabriel fin­ished un­beaten on 14 but his side were rolled for 80 as Hughes (3-9 off seven overs) and Steel en­sured their side had a small run chase.

There were plenty of ner­vous mo­ments for the Li­ons, es­pe­cially early on as Park speed­ster Ben Grey knocked over Mitch Green for 1 and then fel­low opener Digby Nuthall was run-out for a duck.

Dy­lan Holt wanted to move the game on quickly and he be­came Grey’s sec­ond scalp be­fore a calm- ing knock from Ted Batch­e­lor helped set­tle the in­nings.

Batch­e­lor was un­beaten on 33 and put on 48 runs with Matt Wolfe (14 not out) as the Li­ons won with seven wick­ets in hand.

It was a cru­cial re­sult for the Li­ons, pass­ing the score in the 19th over to also grab a dou­ble bonus point. Mean­while at Turf South, North County piled on the runs de­spite miss­ing im­port Rickeo Parker-Cole as they set Mt Barker a daunt­ing 244 to win.

Bat­ting first Bull­dogs star Craig Tonkin scored his first cen­tury since Fe­bru­ary 2017 as he blasted 116 at the top of the or­der.

He and Aaron Wil­liams (50) put on 129 runs for the first wicket and then a handy 44 from Neil Fer­reira helped the Bull­dogs reach 3-243.

Ja­cob Win­tle re­turned from se­ri­ous in­jury to bowl five overs, in two spells that yielded 0-18.

Jar­rad Gard­ner played well for his 42 to go with con­tri­bu­tions from Alex Fergie (24) and Steven Scott (27) but they were al­ways up against it, fin­ish­ing at 9-205 from their 50 overs in re­ply.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Roy­als' Sam Steel bowls.

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