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10 February, 2022

Gil’s five-wicket loss

The Gilgandra Bendigo Bank First XI have been eliminated from the Brewery Shield after a five-wicket loss to Narromine on Sunday.

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By Matt Zell

Winning the toss and electing to bat, captain Ash Hazelton and Mark Stewart got the team off to an encouraging start by putting on 31 for the first wicket before Stewart was adjudged leg before wicket for 13.

Nick Willoughby joined the skipper, and they also enjoyed a handsome partnership of 35 before Hazelton was caught behind for 30.

Unfortunately, Willoughby followed next over to start the wobbles for Gilgandra, leaving us three for 66 at drinks.

We then lost a steady stream of wickets before USC/Marthaguy teenagers James Glasson and Jack Irving combined for a 17-run stand for the ninth wicket followed by a 12 run final wicket stand between Glasson and Jon Kilby to see us reach 134 all out.

James Glasson showed maturity beyond his years to remain unbeaten on 29, his patience and ball striking were a pleasure to witness.

Gilgandra set about defending our modest total and wicket Jon Kilby on song early signs were positive. He dismissed Cameron Collins in the third over for two and the pressure was all on the home team.

A 38-run second wicket stand had Gilgandra on the back foot but with three quick wickets we were right back in the contest with Narromine going to drinks at

four for 58. Unfortunately, a couple of dropped catches after the drinks break cost the visitors dearly with Mitch Russo making Gilgandra pay, blasting 47 before holing out looking to ice the game.

That was to be our last wicket as the home side passed our total five wickets down off 30 overs.

The representative team has come a long way this season after many years in the wilderness, I congratulate everyone who contributed throughout the year, and I hope this is a steppingstone to getting back to the glory days of Brewery Shield that were once enjoyed by Gilgandra.

I would like to particularly acknowledge our captain, Ash Hazelton who has led from the front all season and to Noel Willoughby for offering to score.

I would also like to acknowledge our partners for their support during the season. Good luck for the rest of the season with your club’s and I look forward to rep cricket again next season.

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Joint competition leaders Gidgee and Breelong both suffered defeats in the Bendigo Bank ABC Shield on the weekend.

Coonabarabran had a 45 run over Gidgee and Town Services enjoyed a five-wicket victory over Breelong.

In Coonabarabran the home side looked in trouble at seven for 65 before their tail wagged brilliantly to post a very competitive nine for 157 off their 40 overs.

Leaders get the wobbles

Jack Ramage top scored with 29 bat- ting at 10 and was well supported by Daniel Budden (25*) at nine and Andrew Harris 21 batting at eight.

Blattman, Finn, and Page all took two wickets for Gidgee. Mark Stewart (42) and Ben Ryan 27* were the only bats- men to get going in the Gidgee run chase.

Nick Willoughby tore through the middle order taking three for 16 to have the visitors in trouble, they never recov- ered and were dismissed for 112.

At McGrane Oval on Friday night Town Services put Breelong to the sword to solidify their position in the top four and shoot to competition favourites with a dominant five-wicket victory.

Breelong batted first and with seven ducks there couldn’t be a dam big enough to house them.

The only shining light for Breelong was Alex Sutherland who carried his bat to remain 43 not out of a total of 65.

Wickets were shared between Jacob Wilson, Brank Hammond, Adam Hazelton, J Peters, and P Ahsee. Despite being in some early trouble at three for 11 and then four for 25, Town cruised to

victory with Brank Hammond 35 and Daniel Riley 11*. John Alchin continued his good form taking two for three off seven, Matt Zell two for 21 and Henry Johnson 1/14 rounded out the wicket tak- ers.

Draws this weekend

Coonabarabran host Marthaguy USC, Gidgee do battle with Town Services and Breelong welcome the bye.

There is a bye in the Ossie Carrett Cup.

Good luck to all teams this weekend and I look forward to providing you all with a report next week.

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Unofficial points table after round 11, Bendigo Bank ABC Shield

Gidgee 60 Breelong 60
Town Services 54 Coonabarabran 47 USC Marthaguy 39

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Biddon – Tooraweenah 43 Baradine 39
Curban 37
Eumungerie 32 


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