Peaks skipper spins side into decider

Tim Edmunds & Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Manypeaks overcame an inspired spell from Mt Barker seamer Steven Scott to book their place in next Saturday’s Albany Cricket Association A-Grade grand final, downing the Bulls by four wickets today.

The Bulls won the toss and elected to bat in the preliminary final but struggled from the outset on Turf North and were skittled for just 85 in 39 overs.

Peaks skipper Craig Sinclair producing his own devastating spell of left arm spin, snaring 6-12 to put his side in the box seat.

In reply Peaks appeared to be cruising at 0-42 but Scott (5-23) snared three wickets in five balls before Ryan Kinnear (23) and Wade Anning (19 not out) scrapped to push Peaks across the line six wickets down and set up a rematch with Railways.

The Tigers were the first team through to the grand final after winning Saturday’s second semifinal at Turf North in convincing fashion against Peaks.

Skipper Zane Marwick was superb with an unbeaten 94 to help the Tigers set an imposing 180 to win.

Peaks made a slow start but lost regular wickets and never recovered to be bowled out for 116 as they fell 63 runs short.

The Bulls recorded their first ACA A-grade finals victory on Saturday when they won a tense first semifinal against Collingwood Park at Turf East.

Park appeared as if they were going to chase down the 142 required in the shortened 40-over a side match due to a venue change, but the dismissal of Nathan Dovey in the second last over proved decisive.

Dovey had produced a fighting half century on a tough deck but fell to Jeremy Wood and his side couldn’t manage the 14 runs need in the last over as they reached 5-131 in reply.

Nathan Crosby (52) and Wood (29) led the way with the bat for the Bulls as they prevailed by 10 runs.

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