Magpies end season on high downing Peaks

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Denmark captain Dan Robson believes his side’s Round 18 triumph over finals-bound Manypeaks will give the club plenty of confidence heading into next season despite finishing last on the Albany Cricket Association A-grade standings.

The Magpies notched their fourth win of 2016-17 on Saturday afternoon with an impressive all-rounder performance against Peaks at Proctor Oval, ending a tough year in the five-team competition.

After wins over Peaks in round 2 and Collingwood Park in round 5, the Magpies appeared set to challenge for a finals berth, but they could only manage two more victories from that point and were unlucky not to be closer to rival teams after twice having the bye when all four opposition teams got three points for washed-out fixtures.

Robson praised his side for defeating the second-placed Peaks by 60 runs after setting their biggest total of the season and then defending well with the ball.

“We had a good day,” Robson said.

“It’s a great way to finish the season and shows what we are capable of when we put it all together.

“Meeky (Shawn Meek) cashed in after giving two early chances and we bowled well all day, especially Matt Ellul and Jason Benson — the way they bowled was fantastic.

“It’s a good lead-in to next season.

“We have a heap of juniors coming through and its looking positive.”

The Magpies were in early trouble after winning the toss and batting in the final regular game of the season.

Robson (8), Matt Burton (15) and leading run scorer Jeff Atkinson (17) had all gone cheaply.

When Adam Falls was bowled for one and then Peaks seamer Myles O’Meehan removed Ryan Gaerth for six, the visitors had slumped to 5-58.

It was up to former captain Peter Ross, and destructive batsman Meek rescued the Magpies, sharing in a 128-run partnership.

Meek gave a couple of early chances before blasting his way to a half-century as Ross played second fiddle at the other end.

He brought up his 50 with a six and then cut loose hitting four more maximums on his way to an entertaining 97.

Ross fell for 26 in the 45th over and Meek departed the very next over with a century in sight, bowled by Todd Jefferis, who also removed Jai Frantom in the same over.

The Magpies finished 9-204 from their 50 overs, their biggest total of the season with Warwick Durack (2-19 off 10 overs) the pick of the bowlers.

Peaks failed to conjure significant partnerships in the run chase as the Magpies bowled with discipline led by Matt Ellul (2-14) and Jason Benson (3-36).

Ryan Kinnear made 36 at the top and middle order batsman Aran Tilbury (27) and Durack (39 not out) did their best to get the home side across the line but they were eventually all out for 144.

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