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11 March, 2022

Fordham excels in dominating win

Heading into the second last round of the regular season, the 12Bs Thunder and Storm only need to notch up wins to cement their place in the top four.

By Supplied

The Storm played Newtown on Saturday morning at McGrane Oval in a game they were expected to win, and they did so emphatically. While it was a very good team performance, it was Jake Fordham that shone the brightest.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, the Storm bowlers went to work to dominate the Newtown batters with skilled bowling and excellent fielding taking 10 wickets and restricting Newtown to 65 runs.

The wickets were shared by many of the players, but it was Jake Fordham who finished with the most wickets in a terrific display of bowling taking three wickets for four runs from his three overs. In reply, the 65- run total was unlikely to pose a prob- lem for the Storm.

They eventually piled on 159 runs for the loss of four wickets in a domi- nant batting display. All batters did very well but it was Jake Fordham making his highest score with 21 runs which topped off an excellent day. Darcy Walker was next best with 16 runs.

The Thunder and Lighting played each other under lights on Friday night at McGrane Oval. As the com- petition leaders, the Thunder were expected to win this match. Lightning won the toss and sent the Thunder team into bat.

Thunder went about compiling a very solid total of eight wickets for 199 runs. Alex Cosier and Cooper Baker continued their excellent sea- son with the bat scoring 29 and 23 runs respectively. The best of the Lightning bowlers was Poppy Grace Newton and Ellie Tobin with two wick- ets each, go girls!

Chasing such a large total, the Lightning knew they had to bat extremely well. In reply, the Lightning tried hard and batted well to compile a total of 111 runs. Sam Tobin top scored with 18 runs, David McIsaac next best with 15 runs. It was a con- vincing win to the Thunder in a game

played with great spirit under lights at the magnificent McGrane Oval which was thoroughly enjoyed by the play- ers and parents.

Heading into the last regular game this week before the semi- finals, Thunder holds down equal first spot and the Storm sit in fourth. It's important that both teams win this weekend's game to secure a semi- finals spot. For the Lightning players, they can hold their head high in what has been a successful season, and to finish with a win this weekend will only top off a great season for many of these younger players.

The 14Bs travelled to Dubbo to take on the firming premiership favourites, Dubbo CYMS. CYMS won the toss and elected to bat. CYMS got off to a flying start hitting numer- ous fours and the Gilgandra players were on the back foot from the get- go.

The team tried hard but playing one down and against a good batting team, they never found a way to get on top of CYMS to restrict runs. CYMS were no wickets down for 116 at drinks and the Gilgandra players knew they had to bowl better in the second half of the innings. Credit to them they showed fight and determi- nation to take six wickets and restrict CYMS to 194 runs.

Harry Tobin with two wickets for 15 runs and Jordan Neeves with two wickets for 16 runs were the best of the bowlers. It was a massive total and chasing 194 runs was always going to be hard. Gilgandra tried hard to keep up a good run rate but with a steady fall of wickets it wasn't to be. Eventually being bowled out for 94 runs. Jack Page continued his good form with the bat top scoring with 30 runs.

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