CRICKET Albury-Wodonga scored one of the most emphatic victories in recent O’Farrell Cup history by smashing Ardlethan-Barellan by nine wickets at Les Cheesley Oval on Sunday.
In a ruthless display, the host association bundled the opposition out for 52 and chased down the total in just 8.4 overs.
Opening bowlers Cameron Suidgeest (5-35 off 11 overs) and Ryan Brown (4-12 off 10 overs) were the destroyers.
CAW will now play West Wyalong on January 13.
Coach Daryl Tuffey said CAW were keen to defend the cup for as long as possible.
“Obviously we are a lot bigger association than Ardlethan-Barellan and Cam and Ryan put their batsmen under a lot of pressure throughout the innings,” Tuffey said.
“They bowled really well.
“It’s good to be able to go into the Christmas break with the cup and hopefully we can defend it well again in January.
“The players enjoy playing in the O’Farrell Cup and I think that’s showing.”
Suidgeest and Brown bowled with plenty of venom with number four Ardlethan-Barellan batsman Mick Foster the only batsman to spend any length of time at the crease with 19.
He narrowly missed being hit in a head by a Suidgeest bouncer which glanced his cap.
Part-timer Brendan Simmons picked up the final wicket of the innings.
CAW openers Matt Crawshaw (29) and Sam O’Connor (19 not out) made light work of the chase with the match over by 1.30pm.
CAW claimed the cup by defeating Holbrook and District and has defended it with wins over Cootamundra (forfeit) and Ardlethan-Barellan.