Albany juniors into semifinals at annual junior country week tournament in Perth

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Teague Valli walks off after making an unbeaten 81 in his T20 match.
Camera IconTeague Valli walks off after making an unbeaten 81 in his T20 match.

Albany and Districts Cricket Association under-16s A-section side are into the semifinals after they recorded their second straight win at the annual junior country week tournament in Perth on Wednesday.

Albany made 122 batting first in the Twenty20 game against Wellington as Mohit Jaggi (22 runs), Jed Schwarzbach (21) and Henry Goldsmith (19) impressed with the bat.

In reply Wellington were not able to chase down the total as Albany produced a superb bowling performance to bowl them out for 94 with one delivery left.

Ryley Valli claimed 2-1 off three overs, two of which were maidens.

They will now face Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association in a semifinal clash on Thursday for a spot in tomorrow’s final.

Albany had bounced back from their disappointing first-up loss to defeat West Pilbara on day two.

O'Shea Durack pulls a ball into the legside.
Camera IconO'Shea Durack pulls a ball into the legside. Credit: Melinda Walsh

The win was set up by a classy half-century to Goldsmith as they finished 33-run victors to notch their first win of the competition.

Albany posted 8-190 batting first off their 50 overs as Goldsmith smashed 62 while Schwarzbach added 44 to go with 24 from captain Ryley Valli.

West Pilbara slumped to 6-54 but they fought hard to give their side a sniff of an unlikely victory.

But Albany’s attack bowled them out for 157 in the 48th over.

Ryley Valli (2-13), Ethan Foreman (2-19) and Caleb Haua (2-25) did the damage with the ball for Albany.

In the under-14 A-section competition, Albany are also into the semifinals after they notched their second straight victory on the back of some brilliance from Teague Valli in their T20 game against Busselton-Margaret River on Wednesday.

Busselton-Margaret River finished 4-124 with Harvey Taylor (2-17) the pick of the Albany bowlers.

Teague Valli plays through the offside.
Camera IconTeague Valli plays through the offside. Credit: Melinda Walsh

Albany were 2-76 in reply after 15 overs with Teague Valli on 37, however he went absolutely berserk in the final five overs to guide his side to a remarkable victory.

Teague Valli finished unbeaten on 81 from 67 balls as he smashed six fours and three sixes while Milan Jaggi finished on 18 not out.

The under-14s A section side will face Geraldton Junior Cricket Association in their semifinal on Thursday for a spot in Friday’s decider.

A man of the match performance from Teague Valli guided his team to their first victory against Upper Great Southern on Tuesday.

Uppers batted first and were restricted to 8-107 from their 50 overs after a superb bowling performance from Teague Valli (3-10) and Jed Kowald (3-16) before Teague Valli stole the show with the bat.

He finished unbeaten on 97 from 87 balls, with seven fours and five sixes to help Albany to 3-235 in reply and an emphatic victory.

Cameron Walsh bowls for the Albany under-14s A team.
Camera IconCameron Walsh bowls for the Albany under-14s A team. Credit: Melinda Walsh

Devon Jefferis provided great support with the bat as he posted 51 while O’Shea Durack made 39 at the top of the order and Milan Jaggi chipped in with 28.

The under-14s B-section team fell to their third straight loss after going down to Bunbury and Districts on Wednesday.

Albany were set 111 to win their T20 match against Bunbury and Districts.

Jared Ballard was the only multiple wicket taker with 2-7 and Albany finished on 9-94 in reply.

On Tuesday Central Midlands made 6-210 from their 40 overs.

Albany made 84 in reply as Riley Bessen top scored with 26.

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