Tigers book grand final spot

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Railways registered a convincing 66-run victory against Manypeaks at Proctor Oval on Sunday in round 17 of the Albany Cricket Association’s A-grade competition to book a place in their fourth straight grand final.

Sunday’s victory leaves the Tigers two games clear of Peaks with one round remaining, ensuring they progress through to the grand final in the ACA’s new three-team finals format.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Peaks got off to a slow start and when opener Jeremy Stewart was out for 18 runs courtesy of Matt Walters, the score was 1-37 after 18 overs.

Langley Angel and Myles O’Meehan went cheaply soon after to have Peaks in all sorts of trouble at 3-40 in the 21st over.

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The dismissals of Ryan Kinnear and Warwick Durack left Peaks at 5-65, bringing Bryce Durack and Wade Anning together in the middle.

The pair put together a 79-run partnership to give Peaks’ innings some respectability as Durack was out for 41 after being caught behind off the bowling of Coen Marwick.

Marwick finished off his last over with a hat-trick as he dismissed Anning (36) and then Tom Sutherland (0) with Peaks at 8-148 after 50 overs.

Walters ended with impressive figures of 3-15 from 10 overs.

Coen Marwick and Jeremy Wood went about chasing down Peaks’ total quickly as the pair smacked 73 off the first eight overs before Wood was out for 35.

The Marwick brothers then combined for another 72 runs to leave the score at 2-147 in the 24th over when Coen Marwick was dismissed for 87.

The Tigers reached the target soon after and finished their innings at 3-214 to send a strong message to their closest rivals.

In the other round 17 fixture, Collingwood Park produced a 208-run win against Denmark off the back of a huge unbeaten double ton to Nathan Dovey.

The win allows Park to regain third spot and keep the pressure on fourth-placed North County heading into the final round of fixtures.

Park were treated to a balanced bowling attack that managed to bowl Denmark out for 144 in the 42nd over with Liam McDonald, Ben Grey and Tim Pyle all taking two wickets.

Dovey then put together a stunning innings that included 20 sixes as he finished at 225 not out, Pyle also chipped in with 72 runs to give Park’s percentage a healthy boost.

Jeff Atkinson was the pick of the bowlers for Denmark with 2-29 from 10 overs.

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