By Grace Jones | posted on October 28, 2017
DENMARK opened their Albany Cricket Association season with a solid win over a young Royals side in their A grade encounter on Saturday.
Skipper Dan Robson set the innings up for Denmark with a patient half century (56) alongside import Jujhar Johal, who showed glimpses of flare in his 30-run debut.
Peter Ross (19) and Michael Pratt (40) firmed up the start made by the openers and helped guide the visitors to a respectable 189-run total.
Royals bowlers shared the workload and were rewarded with an even spread of five wicket-takers.
Royals got off to a solid start and were 3/93 before the wickets began to tumble in the breezy conditions.
They fell 46 runs short and were all out for 146 after 41.4 overs.
Mount Barker’s A grade debut fell flat with a 61-run defeat at the hands of Manypeaks.
After winning the toss, Manypeaks elected to bat first in the Sounness Park fixture.
Peaks’ captain Ryan Kinnear (7) and fellow opener Aran Tilbury (13) fell cheaply before new recruit Harry Broomhall (44) and Warwick Durack (53 not-out) combined to chalk up the bulk of their side’s 167 runs.
Mt Barker were still in the match at 5/92 in their run chase before Wade Anning and Jeremy Stewart ripped through the middle and lower order, taking the remaining five wickets for 14 runs.
Anning finished the match with a five-wicket haul (5/14 from 6.4 overs), while Stewart also started the season with a nippy three over spell to claim 3/18.
Nathan Crosby top-scored for the Bulls with 41 and was supported in the run chase by skipper Jeremy Wood (17) and Luke Hammond (22) before the batting collapse left the Bulls all out for 106 after 36.4 overs.
Reigning premiers Railways started where they left off last season with a comfortable 47-run victory over Collingwood Park on the new turf at North Road.
Mitchell Green (43) and captain Zane Marwick (65) set the innings up for the Tigers, while Collingwood Park enjoyed an even contribution with five wicket takers.
Chasing 170 for victory, Park’s openers went missing in their first match on a turf wicket in two seasons and were languishing at 3/11 before Leroy Van Den Dool offered some resistance, scoring 30 before being bowled out by Marwick.
Marwick’s younger brother Coen led the way for the bowlers with 4/26 from nine overs.
This weekend will see North County playing their first match for the season against Railways, Denmark playing on their home ground against Mt Barker and Collingwood against Royals.
Manypeaks have the bye.