Rise to first grade cricket for Albany’s Harry Crane nets one-day title with Claremont-Nedlands

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Claremont-Nedlands and Harry Crane (white hat) celebrate their first-grade one-day final victory.
Camera IconClaremont-Nedlands and Harry Crane (white hat) celebrate their first-grade one-day final victory. Credit: WACA

Albany cricketer Harry Crane hopes Claremont-Nedlands’ one-day title victory is the stepping stone to more WACA first-grade success.

A talented all-rounder, Crane moved to Perth as a teenager to further his cricket and played juniors for the Tigers before making his first-grade debut for the Tigers last season.

The 18-year-old played the first game of this season in second grade but a five-wicket haul helped him immediately force his way into the first XI, and that’s where he has stayed.

On Sunday in the WACA first-grade one-day final, Claremont-Nedlands prevailed in a thriller over Fremantle by 11 runs.

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It was Crane’s first final with his club and he finished with a medal around his neck as the Tigers successfully defended 234 at Breckler Park.

Although he did not contribute with bat or ball in the final, Crane helped his side reach the decider with a terrific four-over spell and late runs in their preliminary final last month.

Crane said it was a wonderful experience to be a part of the Tigers’ victorious team.

Brad Hope with Albany’s Harry Crane after their title win.
Camera IconBrad Hope with Albany’s Harry Crane after their title win.

“It was my first final for Claremont and just a great day and atmosphere to be a part of,” he said.

“Personally I’ve been building for the last two years, working my way up from juniors.

“The club has given me plenty of opportunity and I’m enjoying the experience.

“When I moved to Perth, it was always really for cricket and more opportunity.

“I’ve strived to play the highest level of competition I can and I’m fortunate to be part of a winning club.”

Crane has made 191 runs at an average of 21 in first grade this season, and has picked up nine wickets at 34.

Claremont-Nedlands are nine points clear on top of the first-grade standings ahead of the final regular round this weekend, which is followed by three weeks of two-day finals. “Two-day finals are coming up, so there is still a lot of cricket to be played,” Crane said.

“The boys are keen to make it four two-day wins in a row.

“I’m more of a role player.

“We have a lot of good cricketers, but I’m just happy to contribute where I can.

“Our team is set up around a lot of good players, but the depth we have is extremely strong.”

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