Twin centuries from skipper have Albany 1 undefeated
The golden form of batsman Zane Marwick has helped Albany’s first XI record a second straight victory at senior country week after beating West Pilbara on Monday at James Oval in Perth.
Albany Cricket Association, fielding two A-section teams this season, had mixed results overall on the opening day of the annual week-long tournament but it was a superb 121 from Albany 1’s captain Marwick that set the tone for his team.
Marwick’s century led Albany 1 to a dominant 135-run win on Sunday over Eastern Goldfields and he was again in the thick of the action on day two, scoring a second century.
Batting first Marwick smashed 135 at no.4, sharing in a 176-run partnership with youngster Michael Ferreira (87) as Albany amassed 7-317 from their 60 overs.
It proved to be successive wins in the black division of A-section for Albany 1 after they bowled West Pilbara out for 126, led by seamer Coen Marwick who took 5-49.
That left Albany 1 on top of their pool standings ahead of final regular game against Peel before tomorrow’s semifinals.
Albany 1 bowled Eastern Goldfields out for 125 on Sunday, led by English spinner Dom O’Reilly (3-27) and Patrick Butler (2-32 off 11 overs).
Marwick rescued his side after they fell to 3-24 early on, and he guided them past the victory target before going on to make 121 while Matt Walters finished with 54 in their eventual total of 260.
Albany’s second XI team are competing on the opposite side of the A-section draw and went close to pulling off an upset win over Upper Great Southern on day one.
UGS made a daunting 6-245 batting first on Sunday but half centuries to Nathan Dovey (50) and Matthew Ferreira (59) and then a late cameo from Ted Batchelor pushed Albany 2 towards the target.
Batchelor was the last man out as Albany 2 fell short, reaching 218 but it was a positive sign against the 2017 country week champions.
On Tuesday Albany 2 fell 61 runs short against Geraldton to lose their second game of the week.
Geraldton made 208 with English all-rounder Riecko Parker-Cole snaring 4-59 from 16 overs.
Albany 2 slumped to 4-18 after a top order collapse before Parker-Cole and Leroy van den Dool steadied the run chase.
Parker Cole (35), van den Dool (38) and Jesse Spaanderman (37 not out) all made strong contributions but Albany were dismissed for 147.
In D-section, Albany suffered a 40-run loss to Lakes on Sunday and then suffered a 36-run defeat at the hands of Peel on day two.
The fourth Albany side has started brightly, winning both games thus far with a 70-run triumph over Bunbury and Districts in F-section and then taking care of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
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