31 March, 2022
Gilgandra's 12B Thunder have been crowned premiers after convincingly defeating Dubbo Rugby Junior Cricket Club in Sunday's grand final of the Dubbo and District Junior Cricket 2021- 22 season.
On a dreary Sunday morning in
Dubbo, the threat of heavy rain and the
construct squalls of passing showers didn't
dampen the enthusiasm of the junior
cricketers ready to play their grand
finals. The Thunder were the more fancied
side as they headed into the match.
Rugby won the toss and sent Thunder
All batters were allocated 15 balls for
their innings. Cooper Baker (nine runs)
and Mitch Cosier (14) got the innings off
to a great start. Ollie Peart (two runs),
Georgia Allen (eight runs), and Evie
Peart (14) batted well keeping the score
line ticking over. Then Alex Cosier (15)
and Isaac Baker (30) joined forces to
smash the Rugby bowlers to all parts of
the ground. Vaughan Zell put the cherry
on top by consolidating the innings scoring
five runs help the Thunder to an overall
score of three wickets for 166 runs.
Isaac Baker top scoring with an impressive
30 runs from his 15 balls.
After posting an impressive first
innings total, the Thunder were determined
not to let Rugby have any sniff of
victory. Their bowling was outstanding
taking nine wickets and restricting
Rugby to a total of nine wickets for 119
runs. One wicket each to Cooper Baker
and Georgia Allan, Isaac Baker with two
wickets. But it was Alex Cosier with a
player of the grand final performance,
taking a brilliant five wickets for just six
runs in three overs to secure a very
impressive win for the Thunder team.
Coach Jaimie Zell said "it was a great
all-round performance by the team”.
“The improvement they have made
throughout the year has been tremendous. They have been an absolute pleasure
to coach, they played every game
with high energy and great spirit, and
they deserve all their success.
“I can't speak highly enough of the
sportsmanship shown by all players. A
special acknowledgement to the parents
who have supported me and the team,
without the scorers and the helpers it's
In the other grand final, the Gilgandra
14Bs faced off against the hot favourites
CYMS won the toss and elected to
bat first. The game was restricted to 26
overs each after a short rain delay. The
rain made bowling and fielding quite
slippery, but the Gil team handled the
conditions extremely well. CYMS got
off to a solid start with the fall of the first
wicket on 33.
From there it was a constant
flow of wickets at critical times and
Gilgandra prevented CYMS from getting
a roll on. After the 26 overs Gilgandra
were very happy restricting CYMS to
four wickets lost for 105 runs. A wicket
each to Darcy Morris and Harry Tobin,
and two wickets to Rhyan Hutchinson,
who at one stage was on a hat trick.
Feeling confident that scoring 106
runs needed to win was within reach.
The Gilgandra batters entered the second
innings with confidence. Marshall Parker
fell early after scoring four runs, and
from there it was a steady procession of
wickets. CYMS bowled with great accuracy
on the slippery wicket and the
Gilgandra players failed to adjust to the
conditions. Lochie Henry (eight runs)
and Jack Page (16 runs not out) offered
resistance. In the end CYMS were too
good, bowling out Gilgandra for 56 runs.
President Randall Medd said, "this is
the second year Gilgandra Junior Cricket
have been playing in the Dubbo and
District Junior Cricket Competition and
being able to field four teams into the
competition this season and to have three
make the semi-finals was a great achievement.
To get two teams into the grand
final and have our first ever premiers was
just brilliant, something the club is very
“I have to congratulate the Thunder
team on a great win and to see Alex
Cosier awarded the player of the match
with a match winning performance was a
“This brings the junior cricket season to a close, we have club presentation coming up with a date with be finalised.”