5 March, 2021
Final round of mixed results
Last weekend's junior cricket action was a mixed bag for local teams.
The final round of junior cricket dished up some mixed results. The 14Bs notched their first win of the season, led brilliantly by Darcy Morris with his best bowling figures for the season with four wickets for 11 runs from his three overs. Darcy’s four wickets earned him the bowling award of being the leading wicket taker for the year. A great effort! The 14Bs won the toss and batted first at Ernie Knight Oval. They set Dubbo RSL Colts a target of 8/82. Sam Dunn was the top run scorer with 17, supported by Jaxson Mitchell with 14.
In reply, RSL Colts gave the target a real shake but were bowled out for 75 handing the 14Bs their first win of the season. Congratulations to all the players in the team for fronting up each week. They deserved to finish the season on a high and, as the saying goes, you are only as good as your last match.
It was sadly a different result for the 12Bs. Needing only to win to secure a semi-final spot, they were unlucky to fall 10 runs short. Bowling first Newtown scored 6/128. Cooper Baker was the best of the bowlers with two wickets for three runs.
Batting second has proven to be a winning formula recently but a steady stream of wickets made the total really tough. Archie Finn (22) and Angus Johnson (18) were the highlights with the bat. Unfortunately, the 12Bs fell short by 10 runs. They ended up finishing equal fourth but missed the semi-finals on differentials. Nevertheless, it was a great first season for the players in the Dubbo competition.
In other games, the 14As hosted Dubbo Cyms Cougars. Batting first the As scored a competitive total to be all out for 111. Darcy Neeves continued his rich vein of form scoring 57 his second half century for the year. Ryan Ferguson chimed in with 14 not out. Some ill-disciplined bowling allowed Cyms to make short work of the runs reaching the total two wickets down.
The result didn’t change the ladder with the Gilgandra 14As finishing second. They will have their opportunity to redeem themselves this weekend when they play Cyms again in the semi-finals.
The Gilgandra/Wellington U12s travelled to Forbes to play Forbes in the grand final of the Lachlan Valley Representative Tournament. Gilgandra was represented by Lochie Henry, and Tye and Marshall Parker, who all played well. Gilgandra/Wellington scored 9/87 and Forbes just pipped them scoring 8/88.
A close game but it wasn’t to be. A really good experience for the Gilgandra players to mix it with the region’s best junior cricketers.
Round 14 concluded the season for junior cricket’s under 12Bs, 14Bs and the Master Blasters.