Hot spell helps Peaks secure final berth

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A devastating four-wicket spell from young seamer Bailey Cavanagh led Manypeaks to the Albany Cricket Association A-grade Twenty20 final, downing Mt Barker by 25 runs at Turf West on Sunday afternoon.

Cavanagh, fresh off four wickets earlier that morning, was introduced after Peaks had made three early breakthroughs in the Bulls’ top order, and the right-armer ripped through their middle order to all but end the contest.

Chasing 118 to win the semifinal, the Bulls had only 10 players and life was made even harder when captain Jeremy Wood tore a hamstring in the field and was heavily restricted.

Wood lasted less than two overs and was dismissed for a duck, while Nathan Crosby fell to Warwick Durack for three and Luke Douglas (3) also went cheaply to leave the Bulls 3-14.

Cavanagh bowled a superb spell as he had the dangerous Jarrad Gardner caught on 11 and then bowled Dean Couper without scoring.

Haynes was Cavanagh’s next victim, falling for 16, and he completed his terrific spell when Tim Fitzgerald skied a ball on 26 to leave the Bulls 7-68.

Jason Jones finished 14 not out, but the Bulls fell short, reaching 8-92 in their run chase as Cavanagh took 4-14 while opener Durack returned 2-9 off his four overs to help Peaks progress.

Railways cruised to a comfortable six-wicket win in the other semifinal, destroying Royals with the ball and chasing down the small target of 41 with more than 10 overs to spare.

After the departure of openers Cohen Chapman (8) and Digby Nuthall (4) the Lions slumped to 5-21 as fast bowler Hayden Davies and Mitch Green ripped through the middle order.

Only Dylan Holt made double figures as he reached 11 not out in the Lions’ total of 40, with Davies (3-10) and Green (3-13) the main destroyers.

The Tigers lost four wickets in the chase but were never really in any danger as Alan Pietersen (10) and Aidan Dallimore (9) steered them home in 9.5 overs as they finished 4-41 to eliminate the Lions.

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