Bulldogs snap losing streak against Tigers
North County surged back into the top four after ending a five-game losing streak against Railways with a bonus-point win over the reigning premiers at Turf East in round 9 of the Albany Cricket Association on Sunday.
The Bulldogs came into the match having won one of their past 10 games against the Tigers, which included five consecutive losses stretching back to round 2 last season.
However, buoyed by the return of the Ferreira clan, Paul Osborne and former junior Hamish Bigwood, the Bulldogs produced a clinical display on their way to a 69-run win that lifts them into fourth place.
On a wicket that had plenty of tricks, the Bulldogs batted first to set a more than competitive total on the back of a 56-run partnership between veteran Craig Tonkin and Michael Ferreira.
Michael Ferreira made 26 before falling to Jack Richards, and Tonkin worked hard like his opening partner for a slow-going 35 until he became Richards’ second victim.
Skipper Neil Ferreira made 38 before he was trapped lbw by Richards and the Bulldogs slumped to 9-131 before a vital final wicket stand guided them past 150.
Travis Abbott and Jake Abbott put on 36 runs for the 10th wicket to guide their side to 167 all out in the 49th over when Jake Abbott was dismissed by Coen Marwick on 15, while Travis Abbott finished unbeaten on 19.
Seamer Richards was the pick of the Tigers’ bowlers, returning 4-31 off his 10-over spell.
Without key batsman Mitch Green, Zane Marwick and Nathan Crudeli, the task was always going to be a big one for the Tigers and their chase started horribly as Aidan Dallimore (0), Matt Walters (3) and Alan Pietersen (9) were all out to young quick Michael Ferreira (3-8) inside the first 10 overs.
Coen Marwick showed plenty of resilience as he chipped away at the target while wickets fell around him as no other Tigers batsman reached double figures.
Spinner Paul Osborne was terrific taking 4-16 off 8.2 overs, which included the prize wicket of Coen Marwick on a fighting 54 to leave them 8-92.
The Tigers fell well short though, bowled out for 98 in reply to hand the Bulldogs a bonus-point win.
Meanwhile, an unbeaten century to Mt Barker’s Nathan Crosby helped his side secure a bonus-point win over Denmark at Turf North on Sunday.
Crosby anchored the Bulls’ innings with a patient 115 not out as his side reached 6-196 from their 50 overs, with fellow opener Alex Fergie adding 36.
Jacob Wintle and Aiden Williss then ripped through the Magpies’ top order, leaving them 5-33 in the 10th over and in all sorts of trouble.
Dan Robson managed 25 to go with tailenders Matt Teti (17) and Tom Foreman (14) but they could not prevent a 91-run loss, which ended a disappointing weekend for their side.
Williss was superb with 4-22 and Wintle snared 3-22 as they ensured their side held onto second spot.
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