Pair superb as Manypeaks close the gap to top spot

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Manypeaks’ hopes of qualifying directly through to this season’s Albany Cricket Association A-grade grand final by virtue of finishing in top spot remain alive after defeating Collingwood Park for a second time at Proctor Oval on Saturday.

Peaks, who reached last season’s decider, can still grab top spot on the ladder from premiership fancies Railways given they sit one game and percentage behind in second with four games to play.

In their round 13 fixture on Saturday, superb performances from all-rounders Warwick Durack and Wade Anning helped deliver Peaks a 41-run win to get within six points of the Tigers in the standings.

After the loss of three early wickets, Peaks captain Craig Sinclair steadied the ship and looked in sparkling touch for his innings of 22. But when Sinclair was dismissed, following the departure of Myles O’Meehan, the home side had dug themselves a hole at 5-72.

Enter Durack and Anning, however, as the pair shared in a vital 75-run partnership that guided their side towards a competitive total on a very slow and challenging outfield.

Anning smacked a rapid 42 that included seven boundaries before he was run out by Tim Pyle and Durack then took up the role of aggressor as he chipped his way towards a half century.

Durack fell short though out for 47, to become one of two victims for Park fast bowler Hayden Burling in the final over as Peaks finished 9-199.

Burling (3-30) and Liam Mc-Donald (2-36) both bowled well up front.

Park struggled to build meaningful partnerships in their chase of 200 as Anning removed opener Ben Grey (21) and Jesse Spaanderman (16) before drinks.

The introduction of spinner Ryan Kinnear then worked wonders as he claimed the prize scalps of Pyle (14) and Nathan Dovey (18) to leave Park reeling at 5-85.

Matt Heberle and Burling gave their side some hope, both getting starts, but Durack removed them both on 25 in consecutive overs to ensure Peaks went on to win.

Park were bowled out for 158 in their victory chase as Durack finished with terrific figures of 3-32 off his 10 while Anning (2-16) and Kinnear (3-24) were also important with the ball.

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