Green smacks century as Tigers win again

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Railways recruit Mitch Green cashed in on two early dropped catches to score his first century in the Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition, as the Tigers scored a comfortable double bonus-point win over Manypeaks in round 5 on Saturday afternoon.

With stalwart seamer Tim Edmunds celebrating his 200th A-grade appearance for the Tigers, the defending premiers proved far too strong as they belted Peaks by 132 runs.

With the competition now stopping from the one-day format to play Twenty20 cricket until late December, the Tigers head into the break in a formidable position having won all four matches so far this season.

Railways' Matt Walters drives.
Camera IconRailways' Matt Walters drives. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The fourth win came at the expense of Peaks, who were set the daunting task of chasing 256 to win batting second at Turf North.

Green was dropped at slip on the first ball of the match and then put down again in slip soon after but the star right-hander made them pay as he went on to blast an impressive century.

Number three Matt Walters and Green shared in a destructive 117-run partnership before Walters was dismissed by Wade Anning on 52, a knock that included four sixes.

Green wasted no time in getting to triple figures as he brought up his first ton in Tigers colours and then raced his way towards 150.

Nathan Crudeli (6), Coen Marwick (7) and Liam Want (0) all fell cheaply, but Green’s heroics continued until Warwick Durack finally had him caught by Matt Hope on 145.

Mitch Green celebrates reaching his century.
Camera IconMitch Green celebrates reaching his century. Credit: Albany Advertiser

His superb innings which included 19 boundaries, ended in the 43rd over as the Tigers posted 6-256.

It was always going to be a difficult chase for Peaks, who lost Ryan Kinnear, Harry Broomhall and Craig Sinclair inside the first 10 overs.

Aran Tilbury provided resistance at the top with 28 and Myles O’Meehan added 43 before falling to spinner Aubin Spurr but they were the only Peaks batsman to reach double figures.

Spurr returned three wickets again in his second A-grade match while Coen Marwick (2-21), Ryan Tindale (2-21) and Zane Marwick (2-11) helped bowl Peaks out for 124 inside 35 overs.

Manypeaks' Craig Sinclair bowls.
Camera IconManypeaks' Craig Sinclair bowls. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Skipper Zane Marwick said it was fitting his side could produce a win for Edmunds in his major milestone. “It was great to celebrate Edo’s 200th game with a win,” he said.

“The work he does for not only our cricket club but also the association is unbelievable and we, as a club, can’t thank him enough.”

The Tigers chaired Edmunds off the ground after the match. The wily seamer debuted in 2002 as a 16-year-old and has won five A-grade premierships with the club.

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