Spurr delivers victory with dominant all-round display

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Aubin Spurr was the match-winner for Railways.
Camera IconAubin Spurr was the match-winner for Railways. Credit: Laurie Benson

Railways teenager Aubin Spurr produced a brilliant match-winning performance to guide his side to victory over Mt Barker at Sounness Park in round nine on Saturday.

Spurr was easily the difference between the two sides, starring with both bat and ball as the Tigers prevailed in a run-fest on the synthetic wicket by 35 runs.

Winning the toss and batting first, the visitors had a solid start through Coen Marwick (30) but were 3-90 and virtually at drinks when things changed dramatically.

Spurr was 21 when Aidan Dallimore fell to Kobi Williams and that brought the returning Brendan Crudeli to the crease.

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A 119-run fourth wicket partnership set the foundations for a massive score, as Spurr surged towards a maiden century.

Brendan Crudeli fell to Noah Middleton, caught for a terrific 69 off 65 balls, but Spurr kept on batting.

In the final over of the game Spurr hit two boundaries off Middleton and then searching for a ton off the final ball of the innings was caught by Jeremy Wood to be out for 99. The wicket left the Tigers 7-253 from their 50 overs, with Wood (3-42) and Middleton (2-55) the pick of the Bulls bowlers.

It was Spurr’s highest A-grade score, hitting seven boundaries and one six.

Spurr then opened the bowling, claiming the prized wicket of Wood who threatened to win the game for the home side, on 59, and then ran through the lower order to add 4-46 to his already big day.

Wood and Ricky Marris put on 68 runs to try to swing the game in the Bulls’ favour but Marris fell to Alan Pietersen on 38.

Lee Douglas added 21 but his dismissal was followed almost immediately by the departures of Luke Hammond (0) and Wood as the Bulls fell to 7-166.

Clint Hammond hit some lusty late blows but the Tigers were too strong at the finish, bowling the home side out in the final over for 218.

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