IT was a tense finish at Kitchener Park on Saturday as Albion looked set to avenge last season’s grand final defeat at the hands of Court House.
Chasing 208 for victory, Albion looked set to taste victory at drinks on day two with just 17 runs to win and two wickets still in hand.
However, the experience of Court House shone through to dismiss the 10-man Albion outfit for 200.
Court House veteran Brad Gander said the drinks break “came at a handy time” for his side.
“I suppose it worked out really well for us because before drinks they looked as though they were cruising to a win,” Gander said.
“I think maybe the guys they had in at the time took a look at the score, realised how close they were and maybe got a bit nervous.
“Either way, it was a really pleasing result for us and it is really nice to now be one-all in terms of wins against them this season.”
Albion’s middle order combined to help drive the team closer to victory, with Andrew Darley top scoring with 44 before being bowled by Darrin Cameron.
“Their middle order all really pitched-in,” Gander said.
“They worked together pretty well, every bad ball we would bowl disappeared to the fence and we weren’t getting much luck.
“But then Darrin Cameron, Oscar Thomas and Farran Lamb bowled really well without luck, built the pressure and helped cause the wickets we needed to win.”
Gander said the side would take confidence from Saturday’s win.
“It is always nice to beat Albion,” he said.
“I think we’ll take some confidence out of that win for sure.”