Single . . . Albion number four batsman Noah McGarry (15) drives the ball during his 40 run knock against Waikoikoi B last Saturday at Hamilton Park, Gore. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Albion had a comfortable 44-run win over Waikoikoi B in Gore last Saturday, riding home on the back of a fine bowling performance by Marc Anderson.

The match was a Southland division two cricket fixture and Albion was always in control, winning by 44 runs.

The Gore side batted first and got through to 171 with the loss of six wickets.

Albion captain Matt King said the side batted well on the grass wicket as the Waikoikoi bowling attack was accurate throughout.

Youngster Connor Sharp topscored for his side with 45, having scored nearly half of his side’s runs when he was dismissed with the score on 94.

The rest of the middle order and lower order contributed and got the side through to 171 when the 40 overs was up.

The best of the bowlers for the Waikoikoi B side was Paul Clinton with two for 24 while Craig Stanway also picked up two wickets, only conceding 17 runs off his eight overs.

But the Waikoikoi side got off to a poor start and lost its first two wickets without a run on the board.

Anderson, a right-arm seamer, bowled both of the batsmen who fell early, and four of his five wickets were from clean bowling the opposition.

He ended up with five wickets for 15 runs off his eight overs.

With the early wickets, the Waikoikoi team was struggling to get going and it did not immediately improve.

The side slumped to 42 for six wickets and was then 73 for eight.

Playing with just 10 players, it looked like it was going to be an absolute thrashing handed out by Albion.

But Josh Van Gool, batting at the bottom of the order, managed to get together with Clinton and the duo put together a 54-run partnership. Van Gool was the final man out, having hit a couple of sixes in a breezy 31.

Clinton was not out, also on 31.

‘‘We probably were a bit loose and did not bowl that well against them in those middle overs.

‘‘Marc bowled really well — he had it swinging a fair bit and they could not play him,’’ King said.

It was the side’s second win in three games so far this season.