There’s finally been a result between Court House and Albion.
After two rain-affected matches between the teams, the weather gods were friendly on Saturday as Albion and Court House clashed to decide who would be crowned one one-day champions. And it was Court House who produced the goods with a dominant seven-wicket win.
“It was good to keep the roll going,” Court House’s Brad Gander said after claiming the one-day title.
“We just bowled in good areas and took all our chances.”
The most important of those wickets was the first of the match as Andy Mack (9) fell to Ben Irwin.
“Without a doubt, Andy’s got the ability to take the game away from you in no time at all,” Gander said.
We just bowled in good areas and took all our chances.Brad Gander on Court House's one-day win over Albion on Saturday
“To get him cheap was a massive wicket for us.”
Irwin (2-16) partnered captain Farran Lamb (2-23) with the new rock and had Albion at 4-34 before Isaac Harris (3-35) and Sam Doubleday (2-10) chimed in.
Harris produced his third three-wicket haul of the season while Doubleday went for less than two runs an over.
Hayden Baker (12) and Damien Baldwin (22) attempted to shift momentum Albion’s way but could only help push their side to 97.
The only detractor from the fielding effort was the amount of extras bowled.
Court House leaked 23 sundries – 22 of them being wides.
“We need to reel that back,” Gander said.
An early hiccup for Court House with the loss of Jay Urquhart (5) to Brad Jenkinson (1-15) was followed by the match-winning partnership.
Kaleb McIlveen (27) was joined at the crease by Ben Haire (40) with the pair taking the score to 79 before Haire fell to Baker (1-16).
McIlveen just fell short of carrying his bat when he was out to Jamie Eveleigh (1-21) but it did little to stop Court House who were in a commanding position.
Gander (13*) and Harris (4*) knocked over the final runs.
Gunnedah District Cricket Association first grade sides now turn their sights to the two-day competition.
Two rounds remain which will be played over the next month.
Albion sit on top of the ladder with Court House in second followed by Kookaburras and Mornington.