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6 December, 2021

14s shine under lights at McGrane

The Gilgandra 14s played Dubbo CYMS under lights at McGrane Oval on Friday night, November 19.

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Even a short sharp storm couldn't deter the players from making the most of a spectacular evening of cricket. Gilgandra won the toss and elected to bat.

After losing two early wickets, Archie Finn and Rhyan Hutchison steadied the ship. Batting within themselves and running brilliantly between the wickets, they kept the pressure on CYMS and the scoreboard ticking over.

Just as the storm broke, so did the partnership, with Rhyan being bowled for 10.

After the rain break, Gilgandra battered well in the greasy conditions, Harry Tobin iced the innings with 26 runs which included several boundaries before being bowled out, leaving CYMS 108 to win.

In reply, Gilgandra's bowlers were terrific, bowling at great line and length. Sarah Chandler bagged two important wickets in one over, but it was Ethan Morris that snagged the most wickets finishing with three wickets for 11 runs from his three overs.

The fielding was terrific by everyone, Lochie Henry put on a fielding masterclass, taking four very important catches, and Harry Tobin took a one-handed screamer in slips to ensure CYMS would not sneak away with the win. In the end CYMS finished nine for 76 from their allocated 28 overs.

A great win by the 14s.

Played at McGrane Oval on Saturday morning, the 12s Thunder jagged an impressive win against Dubbo and District Junior Girls Team.

Batting first, the Dubbo Girls compiled a modest score of 43.

Angus Johnson was the best of the bowlers with three wickets for four runs from his two overs, with Isaac and Cooper Baker finishing with two wickets each. The score was never going to threaten the Thunder team.

Methodically they went about compiling a very impressive total of 147, Mitch Cosier with 19 runs and big brother Alex with 12 runs being the best of the batters. A terrific team effort by all. The Lightning had its first on field win for the season with a hard-fought win over Narromine Black.

The fielding effort was first rate, and Oscar Medd and David McIsaac showed great improvement as wicket keepers and cut the byes right down. Two direct hit run outs caused Narromine to be very hesitant in their running between wickets. Sam Tobin was again the best with the ball taking two for six and Oscar Medd chipped in with one for one.

However, it was a very good bowling effort by everyone, and Narromine struggled to score. The team was very patient with the bat as Narromine were a bit inaccurate, bowling a lot of wides and no balls.

At the other end of the scale their best bowler Ned Kerr caused a bit of trouble for the Lightning, taking four wickets. Sam Tobin top scored with 12 but the rest of the team dug in and toughed out a good win. The 12s Storm suffered their first defeat at the hands of Dubbo RSL Colts.

Winning the toss, Storm sent Colts into bat, a decision they may have regretted. Colts piled on the runs to finish with 160 runs. The wickets were evenly shared between the Storm bowlers with Jake Fordham two wickets for nine runs from two overs, Jacqueline Hutchison two wickets for 21 runs from four overs, and Jock Mills two wickets for 28 runs from three overs.

It was always going to be a tough run chase and Storm put in a great effort but finished short reaching 138 runs from their 20 overs. Jacqueline Hutchinson top scored with 17 runs followed by Jock Mills with 14.

Overall, it was a good weekend of cricket for the Gilgandra juniors. It's great to see the success of the club growing.

All representative cricket scheduled for Sunday was abandoned due to rain.

By David Neeves

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