Two-pronged historic Boan Cup bid for Albany
Albany Cricket Association will create history at the annual senior country week cricket tournament in Perth, starting on Sunday, when they become the first association to field two teams in A-section.
After winning the B-section last year, Albany’s second team was promoted to the A-section ranks where they already have a first team competing.
The two sides will be on opposite sides of the draw in the qualifying games but could possibly meet each other if things fell their way in either a semifinal or final later in the week.
Fresh off a brilliant campaign with WA at the Australian Country Cricket Championships, Zane Marwick will take the reins as captain of the first XI while country week stalwart Graeme Weinert is the second XI skipper.
Albany’s first XI will feature a host of young talent while WA Country XI touring member Nathan Crosby bolsters their batting alongside Marwick.
English spinner Dom O’Reilly will be part of a three-pronged spin attack in the top side that also includes WA Country star Patrick Butler and Marwick.
Marwick said the fact Albany had two teams in A-section showed how strong the standard was locally.
“I reckon it’s really good, it’s a positive for Albany cricket,” Marwick said.
“To have two teams in the best eight in the State. I think our first team is really balanced and if everyone puts their best foot forward there is no reason we can’t make the final and win it.
“ The key is obviously in the first couple of days to make the semi-finals.
“Early in the week the wickets are good but later in the week spin really plays a factor and we have Patty, myself and Dom.”
Weinert, who was a key to Albany claiming the B-section final last year, will again be part of the Second XI’s bid to upset a few association first teams during the week.
Veteran Craig Tonkin, Alex Fergie, Dan Robson and Matthew Ferreira will play key roles with the bat while talented English all-rounder Riecko Parker-Cole looms as their most important player.
Albany will be chasing a 15th Boan Cup as winners of the A-section title and they will be out to end a four-year drought of reaching the final.
The first XI face Eastern Goldfields on Sunday, West Pilbara on Monday and Peel on Wed-nesday before the semifinals on Thursday.
Albany’s second XI tackle Upper Great Southern on the opening day followed by games against defending champions Geraldton and then Bunbury and Districts.
In total the ACA will send four sides to compete in the week-long competition.
Albany first XI: Z Marwick (C), C Marwick, M Walters, A Dallimore, B Grey, P Butler, Michael Ferreira, T Batchelor, N Crosby, R Kinnear, D O’Reilly, B Crudeli.
Albany second XI: G Weinert (C), C Tonkin (VC), A Fergie, L van den Dool, J Spaanderman, M Ellul, D Robson, T Edmunds, Matthew Ferreira, R Parker-Cole, H Davies, T Shephard, N Dovey.
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