All-rounder Ash White picked up a five-for on Saturday as Albion defeated Mornington at Wolseley Oval.

Runs were scarce on a tricky wicket as Mornington won the toss and elected to bat, although it proved to be the wrong decision.

Mornington was bowled out for 46 without a single player reaching double figures for runs scored. Captain Rhyce Kleindienst was the top scorer with nine runs.

White was the pick of the bowlers finishing the innings with figures of 5-8 and he spoke about his performance to the Gunnedah Times.

“It was actually a very sketchy start to the day. I didn’t bowl overly too well in my first spell,” White said.

“I struggled to find my rhythm and my run-up was all over the place.

“I only bowled three overs in that spell and took one wicket but bowled five wides which I was disappointed about.”

Sundries was the biggest contribution to Mornington’s score, with a total of 19 from Albion’s bowlers.

After White’s first spell, which ended with figures of 1-7, the next 2.5 overs saw the all-rounder flourish.

He picked up four wickets and conceded one run as Albion stamped its claim on the match.

Andy Mack was another standout for Albion as he recorded figures of 3-11 along with Mark Ewington (1-9) and James Mack (1-15), rounding out the rest of the bowling attack.

Despite impressing with the ball, Albion found just how hard the wicket was for the batters.

James Mack was the top scorer with 13, picking up the final runs to help his side to victory.

Like Mornington, runs were hard to come by as the wickets began to fall and after eight overs, Albion were 5-16.

Mornington wicketkeeper Andrew Johns spoke about the state of the pitch.

“The wicket played very low,” Johns said.

“That’s why we had eight players bowled and two gone for LBW.”

The victory keeps Albion undefeated for the season as the defending premiers look towards the finals.

White explained how important it is for the team to remain focused.

“It was a great win, but as we all know that all goes out the window come finals time,” White said.

“They are important wins, but the rest of the wins don’t matter if we don’t put it all together in the big games in the finals.”

Albion will face Court House at Wolseley Oval on Saturday.

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