Junior sides finish fourth, 16 team soak up WACA fixture

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Albany's under-16s team at the WACA for their final match.
Camera IconAlbany's under-16s team at the WACA for their final match. Credit: Amanda Thompson

Albany and Districts Cricket Association have finished fourth in the under-14 and under-16 divisions at the junior country week cricket competition, which wrapped up in Perth on Friday.

Two teams went to the week-long tournament under the new ADCA lbany and Districts Cricket Association banner.

The under-16s and under-14s were runners-up in 2019, but under the new ADCA banner, the sides were unable to bring home any silverware as the under-14s lost their semifinal and the under-16s lost three of their six games.

Angus Thompson was the leading wicket taker in the under-16 competition.
Camera IconAngus Thompson was the leading wicket taker in the under-16 competition. Credit: Amanda Thompson

In the under-14 A-section division, Albany’s only loss of the regular rounds came at the hands of eventual champions Bunbury and Districts.

They finished second in their side of the pool standings to set up a semifinal clash against Wellington District, where they went down by six wickets after only making 120 batting first.

Andrew Smith and Jack Robertson walk off after batting at the WACA.
Camera IconAndrew Smith and Jack Robertson walk off after batting at the WACA. Credit: Amanda Thompson

In Friday’s play-off for third and fourth, Albany were unable to chase down the 160 required to win against Peel. They were all out for 91 to finish in fourth place.

The under-16s got to experience playing on the historic WACA ground in their final match against Bunbury on Friday.

They suffered their third loss of the competition, making 129 batting first before Bunbury and Districts piled on 7-222 in reply.

Albany's under-14s team.
Camera IconAlbany's under-14s team. Credit: Brian McCahon

Angus Thompson returned incredible figures — 4-1 from nine overs with seven maidens — as he ripped through Busselton-Margaret River on Thursday, helping Albany to a 13-run win.

Ryley Valli scored his maiden century on Wednesday, retiring on 100 from 116 balls as Albany recorded a convincing 142-run win over Eastern Goldfields.

In the under-14 section, Teague Valli was a stand-out with the bat, posting 50 against Geraldton on the second day and finishing the carnival with 169 runs at an average of 42.

Ryley Valli and Charlie Walters.
Camera IconRyley Valli and Charlie Walters. Credit: Amanda Thompson

Rory Luscombe took the most wickets for the team, claiming seven in six matches.

Ryley Valli also led the way for the under-16s with the bat as he finished the carnival with 153 runs at an average of 38.

Leg-spinner Thompson was the leading wicket-taker in the under-16s division, snaring 13 wickets at 10.9 from six matches with best figures of 5-19.

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