Whalers’ undefeated reign lands another Boan Cup

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
Albany’s successful A-section team celebrate their win at the WACA.
Camera IconAlbany’s successful A-section team celebrate their win at the WACA.

Albany Cricket Association’s all-round depth has again shone exactly 70 years from the moment they clinched their first Boan Cup, as the Whalers again proved to be the best country cricketers, securing the 2019 senior country week cricket title in comfortable fashion last Friday.

Facing the also undefeated Upper Great Southern CA in the A-section final at the WACA, Albany powered to a 15th Boan Cup victory and their third title in nine years after a five-wicket triumph.

Upper Great Southern set Albany 209 to win the 2019 title and it was again their top-order batting that proved decisive as half-centuries from damaging all-rounder Coen Marwick, youngster Michael Ferreira and captain Zane Marwick helped win the game.

Albany bowler Ben Grey.
Camera IconAlbany bowler Ben Grey. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Coen Marwick capped a sensational week, clattering seven boundaries in his innings of 61 before the patient Ferreira reached a half-century only to be run out on 62.

As he had done for much of the week, Zane Marwick proved to be the steadying influence that anchored Albany’s strong top order as he set about guiding the Whalers home.

A 41-run stand with Matt Walters almost secured victory but two quick wickets saw Walters (18) and then Brendan Crudeli (0) depart to leave WA Country XI teammates Zane Marwick and Patrick Butler to finish things off.

Zane Marwick, who slayed twin centuries to begin the week, was unbeaten on 52 and Butler was 6 not out to hand Albany a five-wicket win in the 46th over, still with 27 balls remaining.

Albany celebrate the wicket of Kalan Joyce.
Camera IconAlbany celebrate the wicket of Kalan Joyce. Credit: Cameron Newbold

The skipper praised the efforts of his side, who played without their overseas spinner Dom O’Reilly on the final two games.

“Everyone had their moment to stand up with bat, ball or in the field,” Marwick said.

“It was a very successful week.

“It shows the state of Albany cricket with the young guys we have in the side and Albany cricket is in a very good position to stay successful in the next few years with them.”

Earlier, Albany had maintained their tight lines with the ball and restricted Upper Great Southern to 208 despite a terrific century from young batsman Tom Blechynden

Upper Great Southern’s Tom Blechynden defends.
Camera IconUpper Great Southern’s Tom Blechynden defends. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Ben Grey snared the early wicket of Kalan Joyce for 8 but Perrin Quartermaine and Blechynden frustrated the Whalers’ attack.

Perrin Quartermaine played a rash shot to be caught brilliantly at first slip by an overhead Matt Walters catch on 40 and then Coen Marwick removed Arron Quartermaine and Lincoln Joy in consecutive balls to leave UGS at 4-102.

However, Blechynden continued to score at the other end and he brought up a fighting century before Butler snared his wicket and UGS were all out for 208 soon after.

Coen Marwick (3-64 off 14.2 overs) and Butler (3-64 off 23) were rewarded for their efforts and up front Grey was impressive to snare 1-39, which included five maidens.

In Thursday’s semifinal, Albany set Bunbury and Districts a daunting total on the back of 71 from Nathan Crosby.

Albany’s Ben Grey in his delivery stride.
Camera IconAlbany’s Ben Grey in his delivery stride. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Coen Marwick then snared 5-26 and a run out to help remove Bunbury for 88 in reply.

It was a dominant week for brothers Zane and Coen Marwick, with the captain scoring 360 runs at an average of 90 to be the best A-section batsman over the five games while Coen took 21 wickets at 8.43 and hit 178 runs.

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