Skipper’s knock proves valuable as Bulldogs down Pies

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

North County have extended their winning streak to three games after a hard-fought 14-run win over Denmark at McLean Park in round 5 of the Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition.

The Bulldogs have quickly turned their fortunes around after having a bye and then losing to defending premiers Railways in the first two weeks of the season.

They have gone on to win their past three one-day fixtures to rise up the ladder.

Another half century to new captain Neil Ferreira anchored the Bulldogs’ batting innings after they were sent in by opposing skipper Dan Robson.

After opening pair Craig Tonkin and Michael Ferreira shared in a 61-run stand, the Bulldogs lost regular wickets as they slumped to 6-95 with Robson taking three top-order wickets and English import Jujar Johal removing Tyler Crommelin (15) and Aaron Williams (0) in the collapse.

Neil Ferreira though combined with former skipper Graeme Weinert for a 57-run partnership that guided the visitors towards a decent total.

Weinert fell to young spinner Fynn Underwood on 21 but Neil Ferreira’s knock of 53, his second half century of the season, plus contributions from Jed Langslow (16) and Paul Osborne (10 not out) ensured the Bulldogs reached 200 despite being bowled out.

Robson finished with 3-28 from eight overs while Johal, who was expensive, returned 3-47 to continue his strong start to the season.

Johal and new opening partner Cary Green got their side off to a terrific start as they belted 55 off the first seven overs before a brilliant catch from Harry Crane removed Johal on 24 off the bowling of Michael Ferreira.

Green and Robson continued to score runs but when Green departed on 35, the Magpies lost 4-13. Missing a number of regular players, the Magpies’ middle order crumbled. Robson was the sixth wicket to fall after making 26 and when Weinert bowled Underwood, the home side were 8-140.

Tom Foreman was trapped lbw for six soon after and the Bulldogs appeared certain to snare another victory but tailenders Matt Teti and Jason Benson had other ideas.

Teti belted two sixes and Benson hit two boundaries as they gave the Magpies a sniff, getting to 186 with three overs to play.

Michael Ferreira returned, however, to end the Magpies’ charge towards an unlikely victory as he ended Benson’s cameo on 16, the home side all out for 186 in the 43rd over with Teti stranded unbeaten on 24.

Weinert (3-40), Crane (2-24) and Michael Ferreira (2-34) were all vital with the ball for the winners.

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