CRICKET Albury-Wodonga made a successful return to O’Farrell Cup with a comfortable win over Holbrook District Cricket Association, at Holbrook, on Sunday.
In its first O’Farrell Cup match in 13 years, the visitors led by a brutal innings of 99 from Nathan Brown who had too much firepower for the holders.
Brown, a product of Lavington Cricket Club, smashed nine sixes and four boundaries in his innings as he and Robbie Jackson (59) added 131 for the fifth wicket.
With a strong batting line-up assembled CAW were ruthless with the top and middle order all among the runs.
Openers Matt Crawshaw (32) and BJ Garvey (45) put on 66, while Jack Craig (24), Brendan Simmons (20) and Greg Daniel (27) all fired.
Holbrook, whose fielding had been so good, suffered with two early chances being put down and four others during the innings.
Leg spinner Andrew Mackinlay 3-36 impressed bowling at the death, while Todd Hannam 1-42 off ten, and Hamish Mackinlay 1-54 off 12, stood up admirably in the onslaught.
The daunting run chase was always going to be a huge challenge for the locals, but with plenty of grit and renowned fight from the association they performed well.
They finished with a respectable score of 7-221, with opener William Heriot showing great application to make 75, his highest ever score in any form of cricket.
The CAW attack struggled to remove the Sky Blues batters with Luke Richardson playing a nice cameo late of 53 no.
Hannam continued his excellent form with 34, with Ed Perryman (28) and Andrew Mackinlay (11) completing successful 2018 campaigns in the cup.
Kane Arendarcikas, 2-15 off eight overs, was the best of the CAW attack, while Simmons picked up two wickets on the last two balls of the match.
Despite the loss Holbrook DCA walked away from the last four matches with its reputation enhanced in its proud and long history well in tact.
Consecutive wins over Wagga to win the cup and retain the cup and then a big win over Griffith completed a strong showing in 2018.