Revamped Bulls set early season marker

By Michael Roberts | posted on November 5, 2020

A NEW-look Mount Barker side have made a big statement in the opening round of the A-grade Albany and Districts Cricket Association, thrashing 2020 grand finalists Manypeaks by 100 runs at Sounness Park.

Star off-season recruit Nathan Crudeli top scored for the home side with a classy 65 on debut, while former Zimbabwean test player Neil Ferreira was a rock at the top of the order for the Bulls.

After winning the toss and batting first, Ferreira put on a 59-run opening stand with Alex Fergie before the latter was run out for 26.

Peaks veteran Ryan Kinnear was up to his old tricks with the ball, snaring Bulls Captain Jeremy Wood for 12 to give the away side a bit of momentum.

But that was quicky snuffed out when Crudeli walked to the crease, as the former Railways captain combined for a 52-run partnership with Ferreira.

When Ferreira was dismissed for a well-compiled 64, Mount Barker were 132-3 at the end of the 32nd over.

With plenty of batsmen left in the shed, the Bulls upped the ante late in their innings to pile on 92 runs from the final 13 overs.

Chasing 224, Manypeaks were going to need one of their batsmen to make a big score.

But when Crudeli snagged Peaks opener Regan Poett for 7, the outlook was grim at 2-19.

Peaks couldn’t manage to get a meaningful partnership going, losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually be bowled out for 114 in the 34 over.

Seb Stanton (26) and Kieren Howie (35) were shining lights on an otherwise disappointing day for last season’s minor premiers.

In a man-of-match performance, Ferreira finished with figures of 4/22.

Over in Albany, Royals failed to chase down 146 as Collingwood Park secured their first premiership points for the 2020/21 season.

Winning the toss and electing to bat on a muggy overcast day, Park were in trouble early after losing their top three batters in the first six overs.

Former Railways fast bowler David ‘Tractor’ Brown snared his first wicket on debut for Royals with a lovely line and length delivery that clipped Nick Barrow’s off-stump.

Big hitters Matt Heberle and Nathan Dovey then went about resurrecting their team’s innings with a crucial 42-run partnership.

Dovey was looking in ominous form before he held out on the square leg fence off the bowling of paceman Marcus Mellon for 18.

Four overs later Heberle (40) was also caught in the deep as spinner Angus Thompson went to work with his dipping leg breaks.

At 6-76, Collingwood Park were in trouble of being rolled for under 100. But young talent Dustin Boyce was able to play a mature knock to guide his side to a defendable target of 146.

In reply, Royals’ chase couldn’t have got off to a worse start as openers Daniel Robson and Tyler Crommelin were dismissed for ducks.

Star batsmen Mitch Green and Ryley Valli steadied the ship for the Lions, putting on a 44-run partnership at quick fire pace.

Green hit Peaks paceman Mitch Woods for consecutive boundaries before the Royals captain tried one too many big shots and was bowled for 34.

Valli (49*) played a lone hand for Royals as the lower order collapsed to be all out for 131 in 36 overs.