Devastating O’Meehan spell rips through Magpies’ top order

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Manypeaks' Kalan Joyce defends against Denmark.
Camera IconManypeaks' Kalan Joyce defends against Denmark. Credit: Laurie Benson

A six-wicket haul from Manypeaks seamer Myles O’Meehan has helped his side claim an emphatic 95-run win over Denmark at Turf East in round 12 of the Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition on Saturday.

O’Meehan produced his best-ever figures for Peaks in A-grade cricket, snaring 6-11 as he destroyed the Magpies’ top order in their pursuit of 205 to win.

In his first over, O’Meehan removed Matt Burton for one and he then proceeded to take the next four wickets, leaving the Magpies in a mess at 5-19.

Manypeaks' Aran Tilbury hits out against Denmark.
Camera IconManypeaks' Aran Tilbury hits out against Denmark. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Gone were Matt Ellul (0), captain Ryan Gaerth (8), Oliver Pluckhahn (0) and Peter Ross (0), and when Paul Alexander was run out for a duck it was all but over at 6-19.

Tyler Alexander was the fifth Magpies batsman with a duck to his name, trapped lbw by Tom Sutherland, and when O’Meehan claimed a sixth scalp with Steve Farey dismissed, it was getting ugly.

Denmark’s Dan Robson celebrates the wicket of Manypeaks' Harry Broomhall.
Camera IconDenmark’s Dan Robson celebrates the wicket of Manypeaks' Harry Broomhall. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Opener Dan Robson had survived the disaster around him and combined with Jason Benson to steer the Magpies past 50 before he was eventually removed by Ryan Kinnear for 37.

The Magpies’ final wicket added 34 runs, but it only delayed a heavy defeat as Benson was the last man out for 22 with his side falling over for 109.

The effort with the ball ensured Peaks secured a bonus-point win and a sixth win of the season as they chase a top-two finish on the ladder.

Earlier, a number of contributions helped Many Peaks reach 7-204 from their 50 overs, led by Kukerin-Dumbleyung’s Kalan Joyce.

Denmark's Ryan Gaerth bowls against Manypeaks.
Camera IconDenmark's Ryan Gaerth bowls against Manypeaks. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Joyce, playing a one-off game for Peaks, top-scored with 48 and was well supported by opener Aran Tilbury (46), Casey Ganzer (27) and Harry Broomhall (20), who ensured their side took full value of batting first.

At Turf South, Royals batsman Mitch Green came perilously close to scoring a century for his new club in their nine-wicket triumph over Mt Barker.

An unbeaten 48 from youngster Darcy Wallinger helped the Bulls set the Lions 150 to win after Englishman Sam Hughes and Marcus Mellon snared three wickets each with the ball.

Green and his opening partner Digby Nuthall blunted the Bulls’ attack, putting on 149 runs together in a match-winning partnership that ended with just one run requied to win the game.

On 99, Green tried to smack Bulls’ Dean Couper to the leg side and was bowled after a terrific innings that included 11 boundaries. The Lions reached 1-150 in the 36th over to record a bonus-point win, with Nuthall finishing 38 not out.

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