Albion cricketers gave it their best shot but fell short of a win by 63 runs in the final of the Southland Cricket division two competition.

The game against Marist was played at Gore’s Hamilton Park on Saturday.

Marist won the toss and elected to bat scoring 169 before being dismissed in the 39th over.

In reply Albion were all out for 106 in the 32nd.

Captain Matt King said the team did not give up.

‘‘We fought hard but we were outplayed by the better team.’’

Marist made a good start to the game but then Albion took a few quick wickets.

King took the key wicket of Cam Palmer for 49 who was scoring freely.

At that point in the game it looked like Marist would score more than 200 runs.

‘‘When we got those two wickets that’s when the run rate slowed down.’’

Power shot . . . Albion cricketer Nathan Heenan hits an aerial shot towards the boundary during his team’s Southland Cricket division two final game against Marist at Gore’s Hamilton Park on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

When Albion went in to bat the Marist bowling attack was accurate and made scoring difficult.

‘‘We just fell to the pressure.’’

The Albion wickets fell at regular intervals without any partnerships of any substance being built.

Nathan Heenan who has been out with a knee injury high scored on 24, hitting five fours.

‘‘He did extremely well considering he was injured.’’

The team had a strong season and finished top of the table.