Bonus points boost for Bulldogs and Bulls

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
Mt Barker's Noah Middleton celebrates a wicket with team mates.
Camera IconMt Barker's Noah Middleton celebrates a wicket with team mates. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The finals chances of Mt Barker and North County have been given a timely boost after an inves-tigation into the Albany Cricket Association A-grade ladder uncovered missing bonus points.

The ever-changing order of the top four changed again between rounds on Tuesday when Bulls and Bulldogs gained two and one bonus point respectively. The results were incorrectly entered on mycricket in the first three rounds.

As a result, the Bulldogs moved one point clear of Royals in third spot, while Mt Barker edged within four points of the Lions, who were the big loser of the ladder audit.

The penultimate round therefore takes on greater significance for the Lions who will need to defeat Manypeaks in front of a host of former players present for the club’s 65th anniversary, to keep their finals hopes alive.

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The bye in the final round will take their fortunes out of their hands, meaning they will need results to fall their way.

The Bulls won four of their first five games of the season but have won only one match since then, and they are perilously close to missing the finals after reaching the preliminary final in their debut season last year. The Bulls will need to win one of the remaining matches against the clubs at the opposite ends of the ladder, Denmark and Railways to keep their season afloat.

A win to the Bulldogs over ladder-leaders Railways this Saturday would put them in the box seat to play finals and they could still finish as high as second and earn the finals double chance.

Peaks will only need to win one of their remaining two matches to again finish in the top two as they chase that elusive premiership.

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