Testing two weeks for unbeaten Tigers

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Railways captain Zane Marwick says the defending premiers face an intriguing fortnight ahead as they tackle Mt Barker and Manypeaks in the upcoming rounds of the Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition.

Unbeaten from their opening two games, the Tigers will clash with new A-grade rivals Mt Barker at Turf North on Saturday before meeting Peaks the following weekend. The Bulls have showed solid signs in their first three games at the top level, losing to Peaks by 61 runs and made 235 batting first in a no-result against Denmark before securing their maiden win in thrilling circumstances over Collingwood Park last Saturday.

After enjoying the round 3 bye, Marwick said his side were raring to go against the Bulls as they come up against former teammate Jeremy Wood, who was part of their premiership last season, for the first time.

“The next two weeks are a good opportunity to see where we are at against two top sides in the competition,” he said.

“We’ve had a good start but are still trying to find our best mix with bat and ball.

“We don’t know a lot about (Mt Barker) really but they have some quality players so we need to be on our game to beat them.

“Jezza is a really good player and we need to get him out early and the boys will all be keen to try and get him out and make sure he doesn’t have a big impact on the game.”

The Tigers are expected to include young off-spinner Aubin Spurr, who would make his A-grade debut in their side after playing for Claremont-Nedlands in the WACA District under-17s competition in recent weeks.

In other round 4 fixtures, the Magpies host Park in a vital match for both sides while Peaks and North Country, who both won last week, do battle at Turf West.

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