Tigers get monkey off their backs

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Defending premiers Railways snapped a four-season round 1 losing hoodoo to start the new Merrifield Real Estate Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition in perfect fashion with a 47-run bonus-point win over Collingwood Park on Saturday.

The Tigers had not won their first match of the season since 2011-12, and it took the class of captain Zane Marwick and recruit Mitch Green to propel them to a more than competitive total of 7-169 on the low and slow Turf North pitch.

The disciplined Park seam attack limited the scoring in the back half of the innings after Green and fellow opener Aidan Dallimore pushed the Tigers along to 54 until the latter was removed by seamer Ben Carter.

Green’s dismissal for 43 with the score on 60 was a welcome relief for Park after the classy right-hander looked in ominous touch with three boundaries. The outfield being under repair also made scoring difficult as Marwick anchored the innings.

The Tigers’ dangerous middle order found the going tough and fell around him.

The Tigers’ captain finished unbeaten on 65 with five boundaries.

Quick Ben Grey was the pick of the Park bowlers, finishing with 2-36 from seven overs, while captain Tim Pyle (1-20), Jesse Spaaderman (1-16) and Nathan Komene (1-31) plugged away.

Park’s response with the bat started disastrously with Pyle, wicketkeeper Matt Heberle and Spaanderman all removed in the first four overs, with Coen Marwick striking twice.

With the score at 3-11, Leroy van den Dool and Grey resurrected the innings with a 66-run fourth wicket partnership.

Park required 97 from the final 22 overs after the drinks break, but the quick wickets of both batsmen halted their momentum.

Van den Dool was clean-bowled by a sliding off-break from Zane Marwick before Grey fell to a spectacular one-handed diving catch by Hayden Davies at mid-on with the score on 85.

Park were eventually bowled out in the 39th over for 122, losing 7-45.

Coen Marwick finishing with the impressive figures of 4-26.

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