Harvey’s hat-trick sinks Bulls
Railways have secured a bonus point win over Mt Barker on Sunday on the back of a superb 84 from captain Nathan Crudeli and a hat-trick from spinner Simon Harvey.
Harvey claimed one wicket before removing Phil Baker, Alex Fergie and Noah Middelton in the eighth over of the Bulls’ run chase, leading his team to a comfortable 50-run win.
A 99-run partnership between wicketkeeper Aidan Dallmore and Crudeli set up the Tigers’ imposing total of 5-194.
Crudeli hit seven fours and three sixes in his entertaining knock.
Openers Coen Marwick and Sam Want put on 41 before Marwick was removed for 33, Want soon followed on two as the defending premiers fell to 2-41.
However Dallimore and Crudeli combined to anchor the innings, adding 21 in the first nine overs together before upping the ante as they went at nearly four runs per over in the next nine overs.
Crudeli brought up his half century and the pair continued on their way, the Tigers moving past 100.
Dallimore was trapped in front by Paul Osborne for a well-complied 28 before Crudeli was dismissed two overs later for 84, also by spin.
The Tigers were 4-159 when Crudeli departed and late contributions from Hayden Davies (18no) and Aubin Spurr (10no) helped the Tigers finish their 45 overs with 194 on the board.
Bulls opener Alex Fergie was a shining light in the run chase, making 65 as he kept his side in the game for a long time.
Crudeli took an early scalp which brought new Bulls recruit and former North County skipper Neil Ferreira to the crease at No.3.
Ferreira shared a 43-run stand with Fergie before being dismissed on 22.
Jeremy Wood, Todd Hammond and Clint Hammond all failed to reach double figures as their side slumped to 5-97.
Fergie brought up 50 as he and Phil Baker fought hard to get the Bulls back on track.
Baker fell to Harvey, before the wily spinner snared Fergie and then Noah Middleton to complete a hat-trick that ended any faint Bulls’ hopes.
Harvey’s red-hot start to the season continued. He finished with 4-32 off nine overs while Ryan Tindale also claimed two wickets as the Tigers made it three wins on the trot.
Manypeaks recorded a comfortable nine-wicket win over Denmark on Turf East, losing one wicket in their run chase.
Peaks have skipped away on top of the ladder after another bonus- point win.
Magpies captain Dan Robson led the way for Denmark with 41, while Englishman Ben Attrill added 23 but they could only post 145 from their 45 overs.
Ryan Kinnear took 3-31 for Peaks with the ball as his side cruised to a big win, as opener Regan Poett (62 no) and Jack Dawson (52) both posted half centuries.
Peaks passed the total inside 30 overs as they warmed up for a grand final rematch against the Tigers this Saturday.
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