Albany and Districts Cricket Association B-section side finish on a high note after penalty for slow play

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Albany and Districts Cricket Association’s B-section side.
Camera IconAlbany and Districts Cricket Association’s B-section side. Credit: Taj Stubber

Albany and Districts Cricket Association B-section side won their final game of senior country week to finish in fifth spot.

After narrowly missing out on a semifinal berth on Thursday, Albany faced West Pilbara in a fifth and sixth play-off game on Friday at Murdoch University Sports Ground.

Albany had been set to feature in the semis after bowling Great Southern out for 148 on Wednesday in their pursuit of 153 to win.

However, Albany were penalised 18 runs by the umpires for a slow over rate and lost the match to end their title hopes.

Batting first on Friday, Albany posted a strong score of 3-181 in their Twenty20 clash, led by Matt Burton, who smashed an unbeaten 75 that included nine fours.

He was well supported by Oswin D’Sylva who crunched 53, while Charlie Walters added 22.

In reply, West Pilbara never looked likely as they were bowled out for 123 in the 14th over.

Jack Stephens (2-7) and Clayton Wood (2-19) took multiple wickets for Albany.

On Thursday, a brilliant half-century from Burton guided Albany to an emphatic 10-wicket win over Eastern Goldfields.

Eastern Goldfields batted first and were bowled out for 135 as captain Matt Heberle (5-43) and D’Sylva (2-35) did the damage.

In reply Burton and Tim Shephard shared in an unbeaten century stand to help their side chase down the total inside 30 overs.

Burton posted a superb 88 from 83 balls and Shephard was unbeaten on 41.

Burton was the third highest run scorer in his B-section with 178 runs at an average of 89 while Heberle claimed the second most wickets in B-section with 13.

Albany’s C-section side have been relegated after they went through the week winless, losing to Wyalkatchem on Thursday followed by Northam on Friday.

Albany were unable to defend 105 as Northam posted 5-110 in reply.

James Morris top scored with an unbeaten 43 while Craige Anning and Jake Poad each snared two wickets.

On Thursday Wyalkatchem posted a commanding total of 8-252 batting first despite 4-78 from Morris and 2-55 from Jarrad Norton.

Albany could only manage 142 in reply with Rodney Light and Graeme Weinert top scoring with 37 and 35 respectively.

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