WHALERS PEEL OFF VITAL WIN BEFORE BREAK
Albany Senior Cricket Association bowlers Ben Grey and Coen Marwick, were simply the difference in their sides thirty-five run win over Peel Cricket Association in A-section on day three of the 2018 Alcohol Think Again tournament.
Grey led the way with 4-27 from 10 overs, while Marwick was of great support with 3-36 from 12 overs.
Batting first, Albany made a modest 10-155 off 50.2 overs, with Matthew Walters (40) providing the most significant support to the classy Johal Jujhar (42) on a pitch which was up and down. In Albany’s second win in three games, captain Nathan Crudeli identified the importance of grinding out a total in tough final like conditions. “I think we learnt a fair bit on how we perform under pressure today which was of great benefit. Matthew Walters’ innings especially was a crucial knock which put us in a position we could defend,” Crudeli said. “We had a frustrating start on day one and two against Geraldton and West Pilbara, our batting wasn’t up to it so it was pleasing that we gave our bowlers a chance with the runs behind us today.”
In reply Peel’s top order was in disarray and were left reeling at 7-40, with Albany bowlers Coen Marwick and Nathan Crudeli doing the early damage with the ball. Dylan Smith (41) and Ian Lattimore (29) showed fight with the bat but lacked support as Peel were bowled out for 120 in 42 overs.
Although thrilled with the performance, Crudeli still stressed that his side had plenty left in the tank and was backing his young team to stand up in the big moments against Thursday’s opponent. “Improvement and development is at the top of the agenda for all of us in every game. We are in a strong position for a crack at the final so we will continue to work hard,” Crudeli said. “The contribution from our younger players has been outstanding so my message will be just soak it up.”
*The 2018 Alcohol Think Again Tournament resumes on Thursday 25/01/18
*See mycricket.cricket.com.au for fixtures and team information