4 March, 2023
Howzat! They did it again!
Gil claims ‘Triple Crown’ of bush cricket
By Jon Kilby
Capping-off a championship season, Gilgandra
District Cricket Association (GDCA), are the undisputed
Champions of NSW Country Cricket, after winning
the Macquarie Valley’s prestigious Federal Brewery
Shield on Sunday.
The GDCA have now won the esteemed ‘Triple
Crown’ of bush cricket, after victories in each of the
Western Zone Plate, the Brewery Shield, and NSW
Country Plate Finals — a truly remarkable effort for the
GDCA, with the victory on Sunday topping-off an
Losing the toss and bowling first, Gilgandra didn’t
get-off to the greatest of starts as Cobar flew-out of the
blocks to be 1/40 after only eight overs.
The run-rate, though, was pulled-back through some
brilliant bowling spells from Baradine’s Ben Hjort with
0/17 off 10 overs, and Coonabarabran youngster, Cam
Whittall gibing-up a miserly 0/8 off seven overs.
The spells from these two brilliant bowlers, gave the
Cobar batters nothing to work with and this allowed
Harry Willoughby to finish-off the Cobar innings
bowled-out for 126 in the 47th over.
In reply, Gilgandra were allowed an easy start from
the Cobar bowlers with Gilgandra at 0/30 after just
This, however, all changed as Ash Hazelton was dismissed
for only four runs.
Cobar’s bowling improved dramatically from thenon
and they really made Gilgandra work hard to get to
the below-par total.
Gilgandra never looked fully in control and lost
wickets on their way to chasing the 126 target.
Liam Zell was the pick of the batters, scoring a
beastly 40 runs while hobbled by a calf injury. Zell also
nearly carried his bat to the end in what would have
been a deserving reward. The next best for GDCA was
Matt Everett who scored 34.
Gilgandra finally passed the total in the 39th over
and, in the process, won their third final of the season.
The GDCA would like to acknowledge the Macquarie
Valley Cricket Council (MVCC) for supplying the
match balls, lunches, and umpires for the day.
Both Cobar and Gilgandra appreciate the kindness
provided by the MVCC and the supporters who were
there for both sides.
A final ‘thank-you’ must go to Matthew Zell for his
unbelievable efforts for the GDCA representative side.
Bringing the team back from the wilderness, gaining
sponsorships, organising playing gear, bus trips, accommodation
plus many more hours behind the scenes.
Without these thankless efforts, there is absolutely
no way this GDCA team would have been able to
achieve what they did.
Bendigo Bank ABC Shield
In other cricket news, the Bendigo Bank regular season
has wrapped-up with the top four now decided:
USC/Marthaguy and Coonabarabran meet in the
major final at Warren.
Last season’s grand-finalists, Breelong and Gidgee,
will also contest the minor semi-final at the McGrane
The Ossie Carrett Cup will also be contested this
season, and will be played over two weekends.
In their fixtures, Town Services and Biddon- Tooraweenah, will play their game at Tooraweenah, and Curban and Baradine will meet in the other match, with a venue and date to be determined later in the week.