Strong Albany and Districts representation at WA Country Cricket Board Over-40s Masters Carnival in South West
Albany and District Cricket Association players were prominent in the WA Country Cricket Board Over-40s Masters Carnival played in Donnybrook, Busselton and Bunbury at the weekend.
Ian Attwell, Rob Berwick, Darren Grey, Steve Denton, Wayne Harrington, Aldo Lionetti, John Miell and Rodney Light were joined by former southerners Dion Hoy and Dean Sounness.
The Albany contingent was also joined by regular Albany team members Steve Fraser, Jarved Dallywater, Anthony Hutt and Kim Rush from Collie, Bunbury’s George Papas, and Dan Bassett-Scarfe from Busselton.
The Albany side competed against 11 other teams from all over the State in the Twenty20 contest for the Arthur Marshall Cup.
In the first match at Barnard Park on Friday morning, Albany went down in a nail-biting finish when eventual winners Upper Great Southern successfully chased 134 with three balls left.
Miell’s dashing 38 and cameos from Berwick (26) and Light (21) were Albany’s highlights.
There was more heartbreak in game two at Dalyellup College in the afternoon when Peel Maroon reached Albany’s moderate total of 91 without losing a wicket.
Albany bounced back on Saturday morning at Forrest Park in Bunbury when they produced a spirited performance against Bunbury Blue.
Attwell blasted a quick-fire 40 to reach the mandatory retirement before former WA Over-50 representative Fraser and Harrington combined for an unbeaten 55-run stand for the fifth wicket, taking their team’s total to a respectable 4-145.
Fraser finished on 14 not out and Harrington on 33 not out.
Berwick and Denton were the destroyers with the ball, taking 3-18 and 2-24 respectively in their four allotted overs. Their spells reduced the highly fancied Bunbury team to 123 all-out, handing Albany a well-earned win.
In the afternoon game, Albany were pitted against traditional rivals Harvey-Leschenault who got away to a flying start in their innings, blasting 71 in the first 10 overs.
Harvey-Leschenault looked to be on track for a 160-plus total when the Albany bowlers bounced back to restrict them to 3-120.
Albany made a solid start and were in control at 1-45 before losing Attwell (9), Dallywater (22) and Light (4).
Miell put up a brave effort, scoring 25, but when he fell with his side at 7-85 the tail had too great a task as Albany fell short by 24 runs.
Heavy rain early on Sunday forced cancellation of the final round match against Busselton-Margaret River.
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