Tigers dig deep to deny Peaks in top two battle
Railways remain the only undefeated team in the Albany and Districts Cricket Association, prevailing in a tense finish to Saturday’s grand final rematch with Manypeaks at Turf South.
Set 153 to win in the top-of-the table clash, the Tigers got off to a flyer mainly thanks to hard-hitting opener Coen Marwick.
Prized recruit Paul Donaldson snared the wicket of Marwick and then Aidan Dallimore to reduce the Tigers to 3-73 but captain Nathan Crudeli ensured his side’s run chase was well in control.
The Tigers needed 44 runs to win from the final 15 overs as youngster Flynn Cristinelli fell on six in the 30th over but Crudeli remained steadfast at the other end.
After a slow start to his innings, Crudeli passed a half century before he became the first of three scalps for spinner Ryan Kinnear.
Kinnear’s introduction left the game right in the balance after claiming Cristinelli and then Crudeli on 55.
Aubin Spurr was trapped in front by Jeremy Stewart to be the sixth wicket to fall and when Jarrad Fuller was stumped off Kinnear, Peaks were growing in confidence.
Fuller departed with the score 7-146 but Alan Pietersen and Simon Harvey dug in to prevent any more nervous moments for their side.
Pietersen (12 not out) hit the winning runs in the 42nd over as the Tigers secured a hard-fought three-wicket win.
The Tigers have won four games this season and have one no result, the victory lifting them to equal points with Peaks on the A-grade standings.
Kinnear finished with 3-22, with all of his victims stumped while Donaldson, in his first game on turf since returning to Peaks, was troubling in his nine overs that returned 2-30.
Marwick’s quickfire 36 ensured the Tigers scored at nearly five runs an over in the first 10 of their relatively small chase.
Earlier Peaks’ Jack Dawson’s terrific start to the season scoring a class half century that helped his side avoid a batting disaster. Dawson anchored Peaks’ innings after an early collapse left them reeling at 4-27.
Warwick Durack and Dawson produced a fighting 69-run partnership to ensure their bowlers had more than 100 to defend.
After scores of 24, 29, 35 and 52 already this season, Dawson was brought undone by spinner Spurr on 74.
Durack (25) and Seb Stanton (21) helped Peaks to 152 all out as Harvey took three late-order wickets while Marwick (2-12) bowled with purpose.
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