Tough road to final for Whalers side

Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser

Albany Cricket Association’s first XI team notched their first win of the senior country week cricket tournament with a comfortable 105-run victory against Harvey-Leschenault in Perth on Tues-day cheaply.

The Whalers won the toss and elected to bat but looked to be in trouble early after losing Coen and Zane Marwick.

Captain Kinnear soon followed to leave the score at 3-35.

Shayne Wornes and Nathan Crudeli then dug their heels in as they produced an 84-run partnership to steady the Whalers.

Wornes eventually lost his wicket after a steady 44 runs from 87 balls.

Crudeli (64 off 77) and Harry Broomhall (41 off 49) then went about lifting the run rate as they put together a quick-fire 60-run partnership before.

Veterans Nathan Dovey (65 off 50) and Craig Tonkin (20 off 21) then built on the previous partnership’s momentum to lift the run rate even further.

Dovey finished his innings not out and belted six sixes and three boundaries to see the Whalers finish at 7-271.

Harvey were under siege in the opening stages of their innings and Crudeli was able to grab two wickets in quick succession to have them at 2-17.

Vincent Poller and Kurt D’Agostino tried to regain some ascendancy for Harvey but wickets to Brendan Grogan and Coen Marwick left the score at 4-62.

Harvey struggled to make serious inroads into the total as they were eventually bowled out for 166.

Coen Marwick was in good form with the ball, finishing with 4-66 from 19 overs, while Crudeli (2-13 off 8) provided good support.

The Whalers face an uphill battle to make the tournament final as they sit in fifth position with two games remaining.

In the B-section, the second side faces an important game today against Bunbury and Districts, sitting in second place behind Bunbury.

A win would give the second side a strong chance of progressing through to the B-section final on Saturday.

The winless third side sit in last position on the C-section ladder.

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