In-form Collingwood Park crush Royals

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Royals' get together after taking the wicket of Collingwood Park's Adam Ditchburn early.
Camera IconRoyals' get together after taking the wicket of Collingwood Park's Adam Ditchburn early. Credit: Laurie Benson

Collingwood Park secured third spot on the Albany and Districts Cricket Association ladder after a nine-wicket thrashing of Royals in round 14 at Turf East last Saturday afternoon.

It continues a hot run of form for Park, their only blemish in the past seven rounds coming against reigning premiers Railways in round 12.

For the third week in a row, the Lions failed to post triple figures as they suffered a heavy double bonus-point defeat.

Heading into the round, both Park and the Lions were attempting to secure a place in the top four, which is now set after fifth-placed Mt Barker lost their must-win clash across at Turf North.

Royals' Ted Batchelor bowls against Collingwood Park.
Camera IconRoyals' Ted Batchelor bowls against Collingwood Park. Credit: Laurie Benson

Returning opening pair Mitch Green and Digby Nuthall gave the Lions a solid platform after winning the toss and batting but it was yet another collapse after they departed.

Green and Nuthall put on 51 together but the two set batsmen were dismissed in close proximity and the Lions simply crumbled, losing 8-37 as Park skipper Matt Heberle and speedster Ben Grey ripped through their feeble line-up.

Heberle cleaned up the lower order with 4-10 while Ben Grey snared 3-11 from seven overs, which included a delivery that crashed into Green’s leg stump.

Collingwood Park's Leroy van den Dool pulls a ball.
Camera IconCollingwood Park's Leroy van den Dool pulls a ball. Credit: Laurie Benson

Park cruised to victory, losing just Adam Ditchburn in the run chase as Nic Barrow and Leroy van den Dool ensured their side qualified for finals ahead of the final regular round.

Barrow was aggressive from the outset, finishing unbeaten on 52 and van den Dool added 23 as they passed the total in the 21st over.

Ladder leaders Manypeaks dished out a 172-run thrashing to the winless Denmark at Turf South.

Royals' Lorcan McNamara departs after being bowled by Collingwood Park's Ben Grey.
Camera IconRoyals' Lorcan McNamara departs after being bowled by Collingwood Park's Ben Grey. Credit: Laurie Benson

Manypeaks posted a whopping 6-273 batting first, with the top seven batsmen all getting starts.

Seb Stanton led the way with an impressive 64 and was well supported by Warwick Durack (45) in the run feast.

The Magpies began solidly, thanks to opener Matt Burton, but from 2-77 they fell away quickly as Ryan Kinnear (4-14) and Declan McNamara (3-18) did the damage.

Burton top-scored with 48 but his side lost 7-24 as they slumped to a 14th straight defeat.

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