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3 February, 2022

Gilgandra make finals; Gidgee takes top spot

Gilgandra storm into semi-finals.

By Supplied

The Bendigo Bank Brewery Shield First XI team have forced their way into the semi-finals with a resounding 10 wicket bonus point victory over Bourke at McGrane Oval on Sunday.

Winning the toss and sending the visitors in, the Gil lads were always in control with a dominant performance with the ball.

Last week’s star, Jack Irving, struck in the 8th over followed by ageing veteran Jon Kilby in the 9th. Irving struck again three overs later to have Bourke on the back foot at 3/23.

Michael Brown (20) and opener Will Mitchell (28) added 46 to breathe life back into their innings but when Harry Willoughby removed Brown the Bourke castle collapsed. In a magnificent spell of line and length bowling Willoughby took 3/14 off 10 straight overs to destroy any hopes of a late innings revival.

 He was ably supported by Henry Johnson who took 2/29 and Ben Hjort 1/0 off his only over. Irving (2/18) and Kilby (1/10) ensured each bowler took a wicket. Requiring 91 for victory, the challenge was put to our opening batsmen to achieve this inside of 30 overs to obtain a bonus point.

These words did not go unnoticed as skipper Ash Hazelton and recently selected Western keeper Matt Everett absolutely punished the Bourke bowling attack to reach their required target in just 8.4 overs.

Everett was particularly savage on anything short, belting three large sixes to finish unbeaten on 44 off just 29 balls. Hazelton was far from a passenger as he continued his stellar run of form to remain not out on 28 from just 24 balls. At the time of going to press it was still unofficial, but it appears as though Gilgandra have done enough to qualify for the semi-finals and will either travel to Narromine or host them this Sunday. Considering we started the season with two losses this is a magnificent achievement and with the youth in our squad it certainly bodes for a bright future.

The team extends their appreciation to Parnaby and the Bourke team for travelling, they had major issues getting a team together with kids going back to boarding school and some COVID-19 trouble, so it is a credit to them to make the effort and greatly appreciated by us.


Gidgee take the lead in the Bendigo Bank ABC Shield

Coonamble have shot to the top of the leader board in the Bendigo Bank ABC Shield with a 61-run victory over the previously undefeated Breelong at Gulargambone on Saturday. Winning the toss and electing to bat, the lads from Coonamble piled on 160 in hot, humid conditions. Breelong were left to rue several dropped chances and they were made to pay with Tyler Cleary (41) Tallis McKewen (36*) and Mitch Nalder (28*) all making the most of their opportunities.

Henry Johnson was once again the pick of the bowlers with 3/18 and was well supported by his uncle and cricket mentor Guy McAnally-Elwin (2/42) with Lachie Briggs, Kenny Johnson, and John Alchin all picking up a wicket each.

Breelong were never in the run chase with leg weary skipper Liam Zell being bowled for eight and politely asked to head off the ground. He was joined in the grandstand by Henry Johnson and Kel Anforth for dreaded ducks to have the visitors reeling at 3/30. Guy and Kenny Johnson then set about rebuilding the innings but unfortunately Guy succumbed to injury and didn’t return after drinks.

While showing some resistance Breelong were off the pace and finished on 8/99 off their allotted overs. Kenny Johnson was the pick of the batsmen with 32 followed by Guy with 16 retired injured.

A special mention to former state representative Jack Bradley who hobbled through for his first runs for the club. Pick of the bowlers was J Page taking 3/12 in a fiery display of passionate fast bowling not seen in the district for many years. He was well supported by Braeden O’Brien and Peter Peters who both took 2/16.

In the other match Town Services accounted for USC Marthaguy by 48 runs with Ash Hazelton continuing his great run of form with 82. He was well supported by Tim Altman with 47 not out and Kieren Hazelton 20. Pick of the bowlers was Jack Irving with 1/24 and H Gaynor with 1/30. Town 3/156 off their 40.

Warren were all out for 108 in reply with Jacob Wilson starring with the ball taking 4/12 and Ash Hazelton 2/14. Ritchie (39) and Jenkins with 16 were the top scorers.

The unofficial points table now stands as follows:

Gidgee 57

Breelong 57

Town 47

Coonabarabran 40

USC Marthaguy 39


his weekend Breelong will host Town on Friday night at McGrane Oval and Coonabarabran welcome Gidgee with USC/Marthaguy enjoying the bye. In the Ossie Carrett Cup Curban and Baradine will do battle in Gilgandra on Sunday with Biddon-Tooraweenah playing host to Eumungerie. With two, potentially three games of cricket at McGrane Oval this weekend we are sure to keep council staff busy.

They have been essential in in preparing another excellent wicket with some rain about. Good luck to all teams this weekend, remember to play the game in the right spirit and I look forward to providing you all with a further update next week.

By Matt Zell

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