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18 February, 2022

A captain's knock! Junior Cricket

For the Gilgandra junior cricketers, round 11 shaped up to be an important must win for all teams as the semi-finals approach.

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14Bs players Mitch Fuller and captain Harry Tobin led their side to an impressive win over South Dubbo. Photos supplied.

The 14Bs travelled to Dubbo, to play South Dubbo. This was a third vs fourth clash and a must win for the Gilgandra team; who won the toss and elected to bowl first.

The team bowled nice line and lengths, and restricted South Dubbo from really getting on a roll. The South Dubbo team batted well on the fast outfield to post 7/129 from their allocated 28 overs. The seven wick- ets were shared across six bowlers, with Lochie Henry returning figures of one wicket for four runs from two overs.

In reply, Gilgandra got off to a steady start before losing two wickets with the score on 15. With the game in the balance, captain Harry Tobin strode to the wicket.

The first ball he received was impressively dispatched for six, which set the tone for his innings. He went onto to dispatch another four sixes and four fours, in an incredible knock to steer the team to a domi- nant victory. Harry was eventually caught by a good catch, finishing with 60 runs from 30 balls. He was well supported by Mitch Fuller in an excel- lent third-wicket partnership.

Mitch batted very well in partner- ship with Harry, to retire not out on 15 runs from 30 balls. Marshall Parker chimed in late to finish with not out for 20 runs. A great win by the team and congratulations to Harry for posting his highest score in such an emphat- ic way.

On Friday night at McGrane Oval, the Storm kicked off the round for the 12Bs against the Dubbo and District Junior Cricket Girls team.

Storm restricted the girls to six wickets for 73, Jagger Hazelton and Jake Fordham bagging two wickets each.

In reply the Storm showed their class with the bat reaching a final total of three wickets for 138 runs.

Jock Mills and Darcy Walker con- tinued with their good form with the bat scoring 21 and 18, respectively.

The Thunder also posted another good win, against Narromine Red, posting 182 to beat 142. The batting from the Thunder was exceptional and a great team effort all round.

Mitch Cosier led the way with 34 runs, followed by Alex Cosier with 30 and Cooper and Isaac Baker 27 and 20 respectively. There was a flurry of fours and sixes, which entertained the crowd.

Lightning continue to battle with the availability of players due the cur- rent ways of the world and they went down to a competition heavyweight RSL Colts.

Colts scored three wickets for 152 runs and the Lightning managed to post 63 runs after losing seven wick- ets. Eloise Tobin was the best of the bowlers finishing with two wickets for nine runs. Sam Tobin topped the bat- ters with 13.

It was a day out for the Tobin fam- ily and let's hope the grandparent’s, their number one fan club, shouted them a happy meal. Lightning will gain a lot from that game and will come back strong next week. The team were very grateful to the par- ents for stepping up while their coach was unavailable.

In the Lachlan Valley representa- tive fixtures, the U14s had a bye and the U12s travelled to Wellington to play Parkes.

In a game that was dominated by very good batting by the Parkes team with one player scoring 115 not out.

Parkes went on to win the match comfortably but for those players from Gilgandra, it was a great experi- ence to play against such skilled players. Issac Baker was a standout with the bat scoring 21 runs. Parkes’ five wickets for 202 defeated the Gilgandra/Wellington combination all out for 60.

Next week's round 12 fixture

14B: Gilgandra vs Wellington at John McGrath field number one, Dubbo.

12B: Thunder vs Newtown at Bob Dowling number three, Dubbo.

12B: Lightning vs CYMS Cougars at Lady Cutler number five, Dubbo.

12B: Storm vs Narromine Junior Red at Olsen Park, Narromine. 

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