Albion showed no mercy on Saturday as the side walked off with a 137-run win over Kookaburras.
Albion was positive from the outset with captain Andy Mack going after the Kookaburras’ attack.
When Mack fell to Cameron Milne (3-31) in the 11th over with the score on 69, he had scored 54 of Albion’s runs.
Milne took his second of the day two overs later to have Albion at 2-74 but there was no slowing the side down.
By drinks Albion had moved to about 2-140 and the message from Mack was clear.
“I said ‘let’s put the foot on the throats of these blokes’,” Mack said.
“I said ‘let’s try and get 230-250 and put them on the back foot.”
That target was achieved as opener Andrew Wright (49) continued playing his role as the anchor for Albion while ex-Kookaburra Brad Jenkinson racked up 41 runs for his new club.
Shane Riordan (2-20) snared a couple wickets but cameos from James Mack (23), Damien Baldwin (23) and Zach Martin (20*) meant Kookaburras would have to chase 234 runs at a tick under six runs an over to claim victory in the 40-over match.
The opening spells of Jenkinson (2-18) and Luke Ryan (0-13) saw the required run-rate skyrocket before Hayden Baker (3-11), Will Maggs (2-41) and Jamie Eveleigh (1-8) put the game out of reach.
When the Kookaburras’ innings ended, they sat at 9-97 after top-scorer Milne retired hurt on 28 around the midway mark of the match.
Beau Clarke (22) and Alex Seach (16) were the only other Kookaburras batsmen to move into double figures.
Mack said his batsmen laid the platform for victory.
“I thought Zach Martin and Jimmy Mack batted pretty well,” Mack said.
“When I got out, we were about 1-70 and Andrew Wright was batting quite well.
“I gave him the job of anchoring the innings. Other than that I think we just had a good, solid performance.”