Tight tussle for A-grade finals

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Just seven points separate four teams as the race for a finals berth heats up in the Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition, which enters round 10 this Saturday.

Manypeaks sit in third place on the ladder with 27 points but sixth-placed Royals are well within striking distance on 20 ahead of their crucial clash at Turf North this week.

The Lions won the only meeting between the two sides so far this season in December but will face a tougher task this time around.

Peaks are likely to field a stronger side for the fixture, while the Lions will be without key batsman Matt Wolfe as they chase a fourth one-day win of the season.

A Lions victory would boost their hopes of reaching the finals in the first season back in the A-grade competition, while a win to Peaks would strengthen their top-two hopes.

North County are set to be without skipper Neil Ferreira and his sons, Michael and Matthew, for their important clash with Collingwood Park at Turf East.

That trio will be in Perth, leaving the Bulldogs undermanned against last-placed Park.

At Turf West, Railways and Denmark will do battle for the second time in the one-day competition, with the Magpies causing a major upset in their previous encounter.

The Tigers will welcome back a number of first-choice players after an interrupted period in January as they look to extend their buffer at the top of the standings.

Albany Cricket Association fixtures

Round 10 fixtures, 12.15pm Saturday

North County v Collingwood Park at Turf East

Manypeaks v Royals at Turf North

Railways v Denmark at Turf West

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