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Gritty Blues defend 104 to deny Warriors in the wet

Albany Advertiser

A terrific performance in the field led to Blues clinching their second Albany Junior Cricket Association under-14 title with a tight 23-run win over Warriors on Saturday morning at Turf East.

The low-scoring final was completed despite being played in persistent drizzle, making conditions challenging for both sides.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Blues scrambled to 8-104 from their 30 overs, with Lorcan McNamara top scoring with 18, Bayley Drew adding 14 in the middle order and Dylan Trigwell chipping in with a vital 12 not out batting at No. 11.

In reply, Warriors also lost consistent wickets, with their hopes of winning becoming harder with five run outs.

Liam Butler (2-6) was the Blues’ only multiple wicket taker as they sealed the win with a run-out, despite the best efforts of Jared Fuller (12) and Rhori Williams-Jolley, who ran out of partners and was left on 16 not out.

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Warriors were bowled out in the 29th over for 81, falling 24 short of victory and succumbing to only their third loss of the season.

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