Lions prevail in tight contest over Magpies

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A five-wicket haul to Royals fast bowler Dylan Holt has guided the young side to a third one-day win of the season, defeating Denmark in a tense finish on Saturday afternoon at Turf West.

The Lions’ victory ensured they remained in touch with the top four on the standings after splitting their two matches across the weekend.

After re-entering the Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition this season, the Lions are locked in an exciting battle for a finals berth and Holt’s destructive spell helped them to a vital win which brings them within three points of their out-of-town rivals.

After being sent in to bat in the round 8 fixture, the Lions recovered from the loss of two early wickets to post a more-than-competitive total of 191.

Skipper Jack Hastie hit his highest score of the season and fellow middle order batsman Matt Wolfe was again impressive as the pair shared in a 51-run stand after being 3-65.

Wolfe fell to fast bowler Hayden Collard on 42 and Hastie brought up a patient half-century before he was bowled by Tom Foreman but contributions from Holt (19) and Cohen Chapman (18) helped the Lions towards 200. Dan Robson was run out early in the Magpies’ run chase before Holt struck twice to remove Ryan Gaerth (1) and Collard (1).

English import Jujhar Johal steered his side out of trouble at 3-28 as he and Peter Ross combined for 104 runs.

With 20 overs remaining, the Magpies were cruising at 3-132 but Ted Batchelor (2-18) finally broke that partnership when he bowled Ross on 37 and the Magpies collapsed as a result.

Johal fell on 68 to Ian Attwell and the Magpies lost 7-27, with Holt returning to take three more wickets as he finished with 5-36 from 9.4 overs and a run-out in the dying stages as the Lions held on for a memorable 32-run win.

Meanwhile in Saturday’s other matches, Manypeaks needed almost 33 overs and lost six wickets as they chased down 89 to win against Mt Barker on Turf East.

All seven Peaks bowlers used took a wicket as they restricted the Bulls to 88 but Jacob Wintle (3-27) and Tim Fitzgerald (3-20) made Peaks work hard for the victory, as they finished 6-94 with Kalan Joyce’s unbeaten 35 the difference.

Nathan Dovey’s run spree continued as his 83 powered Collingwood Park to 160 batting first against Railways.

Openers Ben Grey and Jesse Spaanderman both snared three wickets as the Tigers won with only two wickets remaining in the 44th over as the innings of Coen Marwick (31) and Liam Want (22) played important cameos.

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