Captain Coen Marwick believes his Tigers can be in the finals mix for ADCA A-grade competition

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Railways' captain Coen Marwick.
Camera IconRailways' captain Coen Marwick. Credit: Taj Stubber

Railways captain Coen Marwick says his side is up for the challenge of pushing their way back into finals contention in this season’s Albany and Districts Cricket Association A-grade competition.

The ADCA will return on Saturday and the Tigers will be looking to build momentum in the second half of the season.

After winning the last seven A-grade premierships, the Tigers have just won three games so far this season and sit at the bottom of the table.

Marwick believes his side can turn things around but said the next fortnight was critical to their top-three hopes.

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“It will certainly be a challenge to make finals from where we are,” he said.

“Obviously the key is to beat the sides positioned around us on the ladder.

“These next two weeks against Collingwood Park and Royals are really make-or-break for us.

“As a group we feel up to the challenge and really excited for it, it’s been tough at times this year but there is no question that we have shown our best cricket is as good as anyone.”

Railways celebrate a wicket earlier this season.
Camera IconRailways celebrate a wicket earlier this season. Credit: Liam Croy

The Tigers will tackle the fourth-placed Park in round 13 on Saturday before facing the Lions, who are currently third, the following week.

With only five A-grade teams only the top three sides will play in this season’s finals series.

“If we can win this weekend against Collingwood Park, then again the following week against Royals and continue to build momentum through the rest of the year by playing consistent cricket then anything is possible, cricket is a funny game,” Marwick said.

“We hope to have our full-strength side available to play each week but we will have to wait and see.

“I believe in whatever team we field, we can compete if we execute our plans and play to our potential, it will be an exciting back half of the season and we look forward to it.”

The Tigers will be without import Oswin D’Sylva for a couple of weeks after he injured a hamstring.

Manypeaks and the Lions do battle in the other fixture this week as the A-grade competition returns to 50-over cricket.

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