Tim Edmunds snares six scalps in final round to help Railways down Manypeaks while Royals snatch second
A six-wicket haul from veteran seamer Tim Edmunds ensured Railways finished the Albany and Districts Cricket Association A-grade season on a winning note on Saturday.
As a result of the Tigers’ win, Manypeaks slipped to third spot, while Royals jumped into second position on the standings after their breakthrough win over minor premiers Mt Barker.
Edmunds was the star of the show on Turf East as the Tigers caused a 19-run upset, the right-armer finishing with outstanding figures of 6-30 from 10 overs.
Peaks were set 198 for victory against their grand final opponents of the last few seasons, but Edmunds proved the difference.
After losing both openers cheaply to Tigers seamer Cooper Filipowski (3-24), batsmen Seb Stanton and Nathan Poole steadied the ship for Peaks.
The pair shared in a 90-run partnership before Stanton (29) was caught with the fourth ball of Edmunds’ spell.
Edmunds ripped through the middle order with successive wicket maidens and then took two more poles in his fifth over as Peaks crumbled to 7-138.
However, Peaks still had hope needing 59 runs from 78 balls with Poole unbeaten on 77.
Poole and Charlie Walters added 23 runs but the latter was knocked over by Edmunds as he picked up his sixth wicket.
Poole miss-timed a pull shot and put the ball straight down Billy O’Meara’s throat at square leg off Tigers captain Coen Marwick, to depart seven runs short of a century.
Jack Stephens was the last man out as Peaks fell short, dismissed for 178.
The Tigers set the match winning total on the back of a 101-run stand from Aidan Dallimore and Oswin D’Sylva.
Dallimore posted 63 from 123 balls while D’Sylva added 47 and youngster Jarrod Fuller chipped in with 30 as they posted 7-197.
Stephens and Walters claimed 3-32 and 3-41 respectively for Peaks.
Meanwhile Royals upset Mt Barker on the back of a second straight century from captain Mitch Green.
Green smashed 118 from 124 balls that included 11 fours to help his side post 8-193 batting first.
The Lions captain is in red hot form after scores of 118, 105 and 71 in his three of his last four innings to close out the regular season.
Opener Dan Robson was forced to retire with a left hamstring injury after trying to run a quick single and the Lions next highest run scorer in the match was 12 but Green led form the front yet again.
Nathan Crudeli snared 3-30 from 10 overs for the Bulls and slow bowler Jarrad Gardner claimed 2-43.
The Bulls were unable to chase down the total as they lost only their second 50-over fixture this season.
Alex Fergie made 48 at the top of the order and the inclusion of Midland-Guildford all-rounder Michael Ferreira gave the Bulls hope as he cracked 40 late in the chase until he fell to a superb caught and bowled from Green.
The Bulls were bowled out for 179 as Green (3-14) claimed the final two wickets while young leg spinner Angus Thompson changed the game in the middle overs with 4-39 from his nine overs.
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