All three Albany and Districts teams taste victory on third day of junior country week tournament
Albany and Districts Cricket Association recorded three victories on the third day of the junior country week competition in Perth on Wednesday.
The under-14 A-section side finished on top of the ladder in their pool ahead of semifinals on Thursday while the under-14 B-section side remain undefeated going into their twin Twenty20 fixtures on Thursday.
The under-16 A-section side notched their second win of the competition but are out of contention for the grand final.
The under-14 B-section side successfully chased down 125 in a final-ball thriller against Northam at Des Penham Memorial Reserve on Wednesday to remain undefeated.
Hayden Leo snared 2-12 as Northam posted 8-124 batting first from their 40 overs.
In reply Albany and Districts were made to work for their win as they finished on 9-125 from their 40 overs.
Albany and Districts were sitting pretty at 2-102 but lost 7-22 to leave the game in the balance.
Scores were level heading into the final ball but Albany and Districts managed a single to secure the thrilling win.
Cooper Edwards top scored with 28 while Lochie Otway retired not out on 21 and Leo added 17.
The under-14 A-section side chased down 80 as they prevailed against Wellington at Stan Twight Reserve in round four on Wednesday.
Jake Schwarzbach (2-2) and Oliver Douglas (2-9) snared multiple wickets each as Wellington were bowled out for 79 in the 40th over.
In reply, Albany and Districts finished on 8-148 from their 40 overs with Ryan Hick top scoring with 63 and Merlin Bew added 26.
Schwarzbach finished not out on 18 and Buddy Robinson added an unbeaten 13.
The under-16s can’t make the final but chased down 115 to win over Peel in round four on Wednesday at Charles Veryard Reserve on Wednesday.
Peel were bowled out for 114 as Jed Kowald finished with 3-14.
In reply Albany and Districts finished on 7-145 from 40 overs with Teague Valli retiring not out on 51, Milan Jaggi added 24 and Cameron Walsh posted 20.
Bunbury and Districts and Wellington are both undefeated going into the last round and sit two games clear of Albany and Districts on the standings.
Albany and Districts Cricket Association had mixed results on day two of junior country week, finishing with two wins.
The two under-14 sides both recorded victories while the under-16 side lost their round-three fixture on Tuesday.
The under-16 side are fourth on the standings while both under-14 sides sit inside the top two of their respective ladders.
The under-14 B-section team remain undefeated in their campaign as they finished comfortable 84-run victors over Eastern Districts at Morris Buzzacott Reserve in round two on Tuesday.
Albany and Districts posted 9-179 batting first led by captain Austin Brown, who made 41 from 45 balls. He had strong support from Harrison McLeod (22no), Hayden Leo (18), Cooper Edwards (17) and Brock Wilkinson (17).
Eastern Districts were restricted to just 8-95 off their 40 overs with Brown the only multiple wicket taker with 2-2 from four overs.
The under-14 A-section side won the first of their dual Twenty20 fixtures of Tuesday against Geraldton at Melvista Oval.
Geraldton could only post 57 batting first as Rory Sutherland and Alby Kowald starred with the ball.
Sutherland snared 3-4 off 3.2 overs and Alby Kowald took 3-12 from his four overs.
Albany and Districts finished on 7-109 in reply from 20 overs led by Buddy Robinson (25) and Regan Christensen (21).
However, Geraldton turned the tables in the second T20, defeating Albany and Districts in a one-run thriller.
Geraldton posted 6-113 as Sutherland snared 3-15 and Davey Wignall chipped in with 2-15.
Sutherland (25) and Robinson (47) both got starts with the bat, however, they slipped to 4-86 when Jack Heffernan-Backshell was run-out.
Schwarzbach (12no) and Merlin Bew (16no) had a 26-run partnership and they needed four to win off the last ball but Schwarzbach could only manage two as they suffered their first loss.
The under-16 A-section side fell 38 runs short of Bunbury and Districts at Gil Fraser Reserve as they slumped to their second loss in three games.
Bunbury and Districts posted 9-174 from their 40 overs batting first with Teague Valli the pick of the bowers for Albany and Districts with 3-17 from six overs.
Tom Geddes (2-18) and Jed Kowald (2-34) were the other multiple wicket takers.
In reply, Albany and Districts were in early trouble at 3-14 and despite some middle order resistance from Valli (25), O’Shea Durack (25), Caleb Haua (24) and Lachlan Tindale (25) they were bowled out for 136.
Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.
Sign up for our emails