Marwick brothers lead Albany into semifinals
Albany Cricket Association’s first XI will play Bunbury and Districts in today’s semifinals as they try to reach consecutive A-section finals at senior country week cricket in Perth.
After two brilliant days to begin the annual week-long tournament, Albany 1 batted first against Peel yesterday in their final regular game, and remained undefeated to finish top of their division.
Albany 1 skipper Zane Marwick has continued his superb form from the Australian Country Cricket Championships, blasting massive centuries in his side’s two wins at the start of the week.
The left-hander was dismissed for 12 yesterday but a strong 101-run opening partnership from Nathan Crosby and Coen Marwick helped Albany 1 reach 4-227.
Coen Marwick played an entertaining innings that ended on 60 and Crosby fell four runs short of a half-century.
Then Matt Walters (48 not out) and Michael Ferreria (54) took control of the innings.
Coen Marwick then produced a dazzling display with the ball to rip through Peel, as his seven-wicket haul backed up five he took earlier in the week against West Pilbara.
He took the first three wickets and then ran out Ben Wright to leave Peel 4-40.
Spinner Patrick Butler took the fifth wicket but aside from another run out Coen Marwick took the remainder, his 7-30 off 13.4 overs the key to knocking Peel over for 76.
Albany 1 finished dominant 191-run winners on Monday over West Pilbara after Zane Marwick’s 135 in a mammoth total of 7-317 before Coen Marwick took 5-49 with the ball.
Albany’s second XI, also competing in A-section, will play off to avoid relegation over the final two days after losing their first three matches.
Albany 2 had been more than competitive in their first two matches but Bunbury and Districts set them 248 to win at Charles Veryard Reserve, with Englishman Riecko Parker-Cole taking 4-74 off 18.
A number of Albany batsmen got starts but none could get past 30 as they were all out for 163 in reply.
Albany 2 face West Pilbara today with a loss sending them to the seventh and eighth playoff for relegation tomorrow.
Geraldton beat Albany 2 by 61 runs on Monday after Albany were bowled out for 147 despite the best efforts of Parker-Cole (35), Leroy van den Dool (38) and Jesse Spaanderman (37 not out).
The A-section final will be played at the WACA ground starting at 10am tomorrow.
In D-section, Albany suffered a 40-run loss to Lakes on Sunday, then a 36-run defeat at the hands of Peel on day two but rebounded to win on Wednesday thanks to scores of 93 and 94 from Matt Heberle and Nic Barrow respectively.
The fourth Albany side are undefeated and in a strong position to make the final after thrashing Esperance in F-section yesterday.
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