Under-14s bring home junior country week victory

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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The Albany Junior Cricket Association has come away from the junior country week tournament with one title after winning the under-14 top division while also finishing runner-up in the A-section competition.

The annual week-long tournament wrapped up in Perth on Friday, with Albany winning the under-14 A-section title after a sensational week from their youngest team.

Albany finished undefeated from their six games to win the title with 30 points ahead of runner-up Bunbury and Districts on 24.

On Wednesday, Albany restricted Bunbury to 7-130 from their 50 overs and successfully chased down the target led by 71 from Noah Blight.

Strong top order knocks from Lorcan McNamara (53), Oliver Pluckhahn (43) and Charlie Walters (34) helped Albany to a 63-run win over Eastern Goldfields on Thursday as they made 8-208 in their chase of 146.

On the final day, Albany came up against Peel and recovered from 2-7 to make 7-199 batting first, with McNamara belting 83 and Blight adding 42 more runs to his tally.

Impressive spells from Joshua Duffield (3-18 off 6) and Angus Thompson (1-10 off 8) helped them restrict Peel to 7-140 and secure the title without a blemish.

McNamara (239 runs at average of 39.8) and Blight (232 at 38.6) had terrific weeks with the bat, while Duffield and Thompson each finished with seven wickets across the six games.

In the top-tier A-section division, Albany’s hopes of securing back-to-back titles ended virtually with their day-three loss to Bunbury.

Bunbury were all out for 206 after 62 to young gun Jayden Goodwin but Albany’s first XI lost regular wickets in their run chase and despite contributions from Darcy Wallinger (46) and Chayse Pearson (30) they fell short, bowled out for 185.

Albany bounced back for a thrilling one-wicket win over Eastern Districts on Thursday led by Boston Cavanagh (3-19) and Aubin Spurr (74) before a 13-run win over Peel on Friday to claim second spot.

Harry Crane fell one run short of a second century, out for 99 against Peel, while James Plowman returned 3-36 in the win.

Crane led the run scoring for Albany with 286 at 47.6, while Plowman (11) and Colby Ireland (10) took the most wickets.

Albany’s second XI finished last in the B-section with one win from their six games after losses to Pingelly-Avon, Esperance and Eastern Goldfields on the final three days.

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