Manypeaks on a roll and on top

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Manypeaks’ Declan McNamara plays a bouncer.
Camera IconManypeaks’ Declan McNamara plays a bouncer. Credit: Taj Stubber

Manypeaks have continued their undefeated run in the 2019-20 Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition, recording an emphatic 84-run bonus-point victory over Mt Barker on Saturday at Sounness Park.

After demolishing Royals last week, Peaks faced a Bulls team fresh off their first win of the season.

The game moved to a hard deck at Sounness Park and Peaks won the toss and elected to bat with openers Regan Poett and Aran Tilbury combining for 28 runs before Mt Barker captain Jeremy Wood trapped Poett in front for six.

Manypeak's Warrick Durack scrambles home as Mt Barker's Luke Hammond backs up.
Camera IconManypeak's Warrick Durack scrambles home as Mt Barker's Luke Hammond backs up. Credit: Taj Stubber

Jack Dawson came to the crease and played second fiddle to Tilbury who was dismissed for 42 by seamer Noah Middleton.

Peaks fell to 3-71 when Ryan Kinnear was removed without scoring but Dawson kept the score ticking over, reaching 35 only to be removed by Luke Hammond with his team 5-127.

Lower-order contributions from Declan McNamara (34) and Kieran Howie (30no) helped Peaks reach 8-205 from their 45 overs.

Mt Barker's Noah Middleton bowls.
Camera IconMt Barker's Noah Middleton bowls. Credit: Taj Stubber

Noah Middleton took 2-35 off his nine overs with three maidens to be the Bulls’ best bowler while Wood was the only other bowler to take two wickets.

The Bulls top three failed to fire, Clayton Wood, Tim Shephard and Nathan Crosby all not reaching double figures as they slumped to 3-31.

That became 4-44 when Luke Hammond departed on two as Wood watched wickets fall around him.

Wood and Alex Fergie added 43 runs but the game was slipping from their grasp.

Manypeak's Kieran Howie plays a cover drive.
Camera IconManypeak's Kieran Howie plays a cover drive. Credit: Taj Stubber

Fergie (13) and Clinton Hammond (17) tried to provide some support to Wood, who made a composed half century only to be run out on 53 to be the seventh wicket to fall.

McNamara was the star with the ball taking 4-26, including three of the last four scalps, as the Bulls were all out for 121.

Meanwhile the match between Railways and Royals was a no-result, with respective captains Nathan Crudeli and Mitch Green agreeing to share the points early on Saturday due to a wet pitch.

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