Improving Alberton tames Taipans in T20 bash

ALBERTON has posted its first win in the Ipswich Logan Premier League.

Alberton beat Eastern Taipans in the Twenty20 competition at Mark Marsh Oval on Monday night.

Set 165 to win, Alberton did it comfortably, reaching the target in the 18th over.

The win followed defeats in the opening two one-day matches of the season.

However, coach Craig Mitchell admits it was a stronger Alberton side contesting Monday's game than the team had fielded so far this season.

"They had one guy whacking them," Mitchell said of Taipans.

He admitted the 164 was a daunting target.

"I actually didn't think they'd got up that high," he said.

"We kept them pretty quiet early.

"Then they started hitting a few boundaries and I thought 'that's alright, it gives us something to chase'.

"I thought they were about 120 or 130 but it ended up being a bit of a challenge."

However, Alberton, with Liam Kelly (46) and Mark Rasmussen (40 not out) starring, did it with plenty to spare.

Mitchell said his players were enjoying the competition provided in the Ipswich Logan Premier League.

"It's good for cricket," he said.

"I played myself last night (Monday) and enjoyed it.

"The light's not great but it is what it is."

But he admitted he thought the standard would be better.

"It's not as high as I expected," Mitchell said.

"Our guys have been getting beaten but have been in a position where they should have won both games (against Northsiders and Swifts). But it's a bit early to say."

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