Precise Peaks dismiss Tigers for measly total
Defending premiers Railways have slipped up for a second time this season, bowled out for 62 against Manypeaks, who moved nine points clear on the Albany and Districts Cricket Association A-grade ladder.
Both sides were undermanned, with the Tigers missing captain Nathan Crudeli along with fellow WA Country XI touring member Coen Marwick, while Peaks also had omissions including key batsman Jack Dawson and all-rounder Paul Donaldson.
A clinical bowling performance from Peaks delivered their eighth victory of the season but it came with some nervous moments chasing the small total on Turf East.
Needing 63 to win, Peaks fell to 3-12 and then 4-23 when skipper Aran Tilbury was sent packing but they recovered and went on to claim a double bonus-point win despite the early loss of wickets.
Peaks finished five-wicket winners in the round 10 top-of-the table clash, the result set up with their commanding performance with the ball.
Warwick Durack and Kelvin Tombleson ripped through the Tigers top order, leaving the reigning five-time premiers in deep trouble at 6-14 after 18 overs.
The Tigers’ two youngest and most inexperienced A-grade players Jarrod Fuller and Mohit Jaggi were the pair that showed the best resistance in the collapse, putting on 34 runs together to ensure their side surpassed 50.
Jaggi fell for 14 to wily slow bowler Jeremy Stewart and when Fuller was dismissed by the same bowler for 15 the Tigers were 9-55.
All out for 62, the Tigers had an almost impossible task ahead but they produced a fighting comeback with the ball to have the game in the balance for the best part of an hour.
Tigers seamers Ryan Tindale (2-26) and Hayden Davies (2-13) made a game of it, each claiming two top-order wickets as Peaks’ middle order was forced to rescue the innings.
Tindale trapped Regan Poett lbw before Ryan Kinnear and Seb Stanton followed for ducks.
Tilbury became Tindale’s second scalp on 13 but Peaks recovered as experienced heads Kieran Howie and Durack guided their side home with a 35-run partnership.
Durack was stumped for 15 but Howie finished 20 not out as Peaks passed the total in the 22nd over, moving more than a game clear on top.
Durack and Tombleson were the main destroyers with the ball for Peaks.
Durack returned impressive figures of 3-9 off his 10 overs, six of which were maidens, while Tombleson took 3-19.
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