Bulls batsmen pass Magpies total with ease

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
Mt Barker's Steven Scott took four wickets.
Camera IconMt Barker's Steven Scott took four wickets. Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Mt Barker have begun the Albany Cricket Association A-grade season in impressive fashion with a polished batting display leading to a comfortable win over Denmark at McLean Park on Saturday.

The Bulls narrowly missed out on gaining a bonus point in the run chase, passing the Magpies’ competitive total of 182 in the 36th over only two wickets down.

Captain Jeremy Wood (66 not out) and opener Nathan Crosby (50) added 55 for the second wicket after the latter had given the Bulls the perfect start with fellow opener Alex Fergie. Crosby struck five fours and a six but was eventually bowled by Aaron Higgins after passing his half-century.

But Wood and Jason Jones added to the earlier platform, sharing in an 87-run partnership for the third wicket.

Wood hit seven boundaries in his innings to steer the Bulls to victory with nine overs to spare.

The Magpies, under new captain Ryan Gaerth, struggled to make inroads, with only left-armer Matt Ellul striking with the new ball, removing Fergie for 24, but there was little joy afterwards.

Earlier, former captain Dan Robson was the backbone of the Magpies’ total of 182 after the visitors won the toss and decided to bat first.

Robson and Matt Burton pushed the score to 61 for the first wicket in a promising start but it was the only partnership to pass 50.

The loss of wickets at regular intervals prevented the Magpies from reaching 200, with Robson eventually removed for 65 with the score at 156 and the Magpies then lost 7-26.

Left armer Steven Scott claimed 4-32 while the experienced Fergie chipped in with two middle-order scalps.

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