CRICKET Albury-Wodonga has made it through to the final four in the SCG Country Cup for the first time with a 41-run win against Lisarow Ourimbah yesterday.
It faces No.1 seed Hamilton-Wickham in the semi-final today with the winner to go through to the final at the SCG in February.
Skipper James Tonkin was measured after the win, saying the team was fully focused on today’s heavyweight clash.
“It was a good victory and there was a solid crowd here giving us a bit so it’s nice,” Tonkin said.
“We’ll just go to the beach tonight for a bit of recovery although everyone pulled up well.”
After losing the toss Albury-Wodonga was sent in to bat by the host who felt it could get something out of a tricky deck.
The decision backfired with St Patrick’s opener Trent Ball making 67 to help his side to a strong start.
Fellow opener Sam Drury fell cheaply as did Tom Wells but Albury-Wodonga was soon back on track when Luke Restall joined Ball at the crease.
He eventually fell for 35 but late runs to Tonkin, Ben Kohler-Cadmore and Ashan Ranaweera ensured a competitive total of 6-221 from 50 overs.
“We thought 200 was about par especially after the run rate slowed up in the middle of the innings,” Tonkin said.
“Ashan and Ben got a few late runs so in the end we got a few more than what we thought we’d get.”
The extra runs proved golden and allowed the visitors to pile on the pressure in the field.
Opening bowler Liam Scammell was instrumental with the ball snaring 4-39.
He was well supported by Wells (2-21) and Ranaweera (2-19).
Lisarow Ourimbah eventually fell for 180 in the 48th over attempting to chase more than six runs an over.
“In hindsight we were probably always in front,” Tonkin said.
“They had a few good types batting at different stages so it certainly wasn’t one-sided but we bowled pretty well.
“Scammell was at his best and everyone did their bit.”
Albury-Wodonga will be without opening bowler Mark Butters who has to return home for a funeral and will be replaced by batsman Braedon Hensel.
“All we can do is give it our all (today),” Tonkin said.
“They’ve made some big scores so we’ll just give it all we’ve got.”