Tigers sweep to T20 title
Railways have completed a clean sweep of the reintroduced Albany Cricket Association A-grade Twenty20 competition, thrashing Manypeaks by 60 runs in the final at Turf North on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers won all six of their round robin matches and belted Royals in the semifinals before stamping their authority on Peaks in the decider, batting first and making 113.
Hard-hitting batsman Nathan Crudeli anchored the innings after skipper Zane Marwick elected to bat on a slow and deteriorating wicket.
Crudeli hit 41 runs off 43 balls, with only one boundary as the Tigers reached 6-113 from their 20 overs.
Opener Coen Marwick and older brother Zane each scored 13 and Mitch Green chipped in with 11 as those contributions, along with small but meaningful partnerships, got the Tigers a very defendable total.
Harry Broomhall was the pick of the Peaks bowlers with 2-21, taking the key wickets of Coen Marwick and Green, while Todd Jefferis snared 2-25 from his four.
In reply, Peaks were always going to rely heavily on their top order without captain Craig Sinclair, but they lost Aran Tilbury in the first over for a duck and Harry Broomhall followed soon afterwards on five.
Ryan Kinnear (4) was then trapped lbw by Hayden Davies, Warwick Durack was brilliantly run out for three by Nathan Crudeli and then Zane Marwick snared Jeremy Stewart lbw for 1 to leave Peaks in all sorts of trouble at 5-15.
From there Peaks were never able to recover, with Tom Sutherland (11) and Tim Shephard (10) the only players to reach double figures as they were bowled out for 53 in the final over.
Davies’ spell was outstanding to bowl the major wicket of Broomhall and also snare Kinnear, who made runs in the semifinal, and his effort of 2-6 was backed up by Zane Marwick (2-6), Coen Marwick (2-16) and Jack Richards (2-8).
The Tigers have now won the past two T20 titles after claiming the silverware in 2015-16 when it was last played.
Zane Marwick praised his side for their efforts across the entire tournament.
“The way we bowled and fielded was outstanding and that set it up for us in the whole tournament,” he said.
“The most pleasing thing was the performance of our lesser likes, Hayden Davies, Dave Brown and Jack Richards, who came in.
“The pitch had five games on it over the weekend so we were fortunate to win the toss and bat first and had good partnerships, and Nathan’s innings was very important in us getting 113.
“Everyone chipped in across the tournament and that’s what you need.”
Stand-in Peaks skipper Kinnear said his side needed the top order to fire in the decider. “We got better and better as the weekend went on but it was probably one game too many for us,” he said.
“Them batting first was always going to be a tough task and we needed a couple of guys in the top order to bat through and nobody did that.
“You needed to bat first on that pitch. It just got harder to score on, but full credit to them.”
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