Albion skipper has last laugh

THERE was a Mack attack in Gunnedah last weekend as Albion skipper Andy Mack helped pull off one of the unlikeliest of victories, smashing an unbeaten 75 to launch the premiers into this weekend’s grand final and end the season for old rivals Kookaburra.
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Jamie Eveleigh rolls one down for Albion with Kookaburra’s Chris Lodge getting a start. 050316CBA01

Trent Winsor has bowled well all season for Kookaburra but couldn’t stop the Albion skipper in the preliminary final. 050316CBA08

Ryan Cooper top scored in the first innings for Albion. 050316CBA05

Andrew George took six wickets in a huge first innings spell for Albion. 050316CBA09

Albion skipper Andy Mack smashed six sixes in his unbeaten 75 as he led the way to the grand final. Photos: Chris Bath 050316CBA14

Mack’s 75 enabled Albion to chase down 132 runs in just 16 overs.

The Mack attack came at the end of two days of poor batting from both sides, with 12 ducks recorded in the match and a further 18 scores in single digits as the Wolseley Park wicket offered plenty for the bowlers, and a grandstand finish.

Kookaburra collapsed to be all out for 97 in the first innings, although some very handy bowling saw that turn into a 36-run lead heading into the second day’s play, before they put on a further 96 runs to have a 132-run lead and first innings points with only 18 overs of play left on Sunday afternoon.

With Albion again collapsing to be 7-48 in the second innings, Kookaburra looked to have it in the bag before the skipper stood up and dispatched the attack to all parts of the park.

Six sixes and four fours later and Albion eclipsed the total with two overs to spare, as Zach Martin joined the show with an array of boundaries himself down the other end to finish unbeaten on 32 and launch Albion into a fourth straight grand final.

President James Mack said that his brother’s performance was the best he has ever seen.

“It was just brilliant,” James said.

“He was just smashing them everywhere.”

It was the skipper’s top knock of the season as well, his only other score a 47 against Courthouse, who they play in next week’s final.

The president believes that while the side have plenty of improving to do with the bat before then, they are coming in with plenty of confidence and momentum as they try and pick up back to back titles.

“We could have pulled the pin that far behind at tea and given up,” James said.

“If we can show that ticker in the final it will be great.

“Hopefully we won’t have to do it like that though.”

Albion play Court House Hotel in this weekend’s Gunnedah district first grade grand final..

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