Whalers still searching for first win

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Jack Dawson made 129 against Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association on Wednesday.
Camera IconJack Dawson made 129 against Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association on Wednesday. Credit: Ryan Kinnear

Albany and Districts Cricket Association, led by Jack Dawson posted a mammoth score before the undefeated Bunbury and Districts chased it down to hand Albany their third straight loss and put them out of contention to reach the A-section final after consecutive losses to start their campaign also.

The Whalers claimed last year’s Boan Cup but did not qualify for today’s semifinals after two disappointing defeats at the hands of Geraldton and then Peel.

Whalers opener Dawson smashed a century to help his side post 7-262 batting first.

Dawson finished with 129 from 162 balls and Jesse Spaanderman made 51 not out as Albany posted a big total in a bid to win their first game of senior country week.

Bunbury and Districts led by John Richardson (109) and Blair Malatesta (100 not out) were able to chase down their total after Albany had them 3-96.

Albany face Busselton Margaret River in today's crossover games, with Busselton Margaret River finishing third in their division.

Albany produced a superb spell of bowling to restrict Peel to 9-116 on Monday, however, in reply the Whalers were in plenty of trouble, slumping to 4-38.

Whalers opener Jack Dawson.
Camera IconWhalers opener Jack Dawson. Credit: Laurie Benson

Dawson (27 off 99 balls) and Leroy van den Dool (25 not out) provided some resistance but Albany were bowled out for 103, effectively ending their chances of going back-to-back.

Albany’s second XI were chasing 225 to win against South Midlands yesterday.

South Midlands were 5-117 on the back of three early wickets to Daniel Robson but ended up surpassing 200.

Albany were bowled out for just 93 meaning they missed their opportunity of playing in the semifinals and a chance of making the decider

Albany were second in their division and a win yesterday would of seen them playing off for a spot in the decider, they will now face Eastern Goldfields in a crossover game.

Albany’s D-section side have already cemented their spot in the semifinals today after two convincing wins from the opening two days but posted a woeful batting performance yesterday. The team were bowled out for a dismal 47 and Collie won easily to finish 1-54.

Albany third side will face Donnybrook for a chance to book their place in the grand final tomorrow.

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