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2 February, 2022

Mixed results for junior cricketers

Junior Cricket returned from the holiday break on Saturday with mixed results.

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The under 12 Thunder team were far from rusty after the break, dominating Wellington in a game where all players showed that their holiday games of cricket in the backyard had fine-tuned their skills.

Winning the toss and batting first, Wellington were restricted to 108 runs by some good bowling by the Thunder team.

The best of the bowlers was Alex Cosier with three wickets for eight runs from his three overs, with Evie Peart, and Cooper and Isaac Baker each bagging two wickets. In reply, the Thunder batters excelled.

Thunder scored an impressive six wickets down for 166 runs. Top scorer was Alex Cosier with 17 closely followed by little brother Mitch with 16 runs. All players scored runs and it was great all-round batting effort by the Thunder team.

The under 12 Lightning team played Dubbo Rugby. Winning the toss, Lightning elected to bat and opener Oscar Medd paved the way with some impressive hitting to eventually top score with 17 runs.

The team compiled a competitive total of 103 from their 20 overs. In reply, Dubbo Rugby toiled hard against some good Lightning bowling to come out eventual winners in a super close game by three runs.

The Lightning players really applied the pressure in defending their total of 103, but unfortunately it wasn't to be this time. The best of the lightning bowlers was Sam Tobin with three wickets for eight runs from his three overs. The McIssac brothers chimed in with one wicket each.

The competition leaders the under 12 Storm played second placed South Dubbo Finners in a match fitting of a top of the table clash. South Dubbo won the toss and sent the Storm in bat.

The Storm batted well and compiled a defendable total of 124 run from their 20 overs. Another good all-round team batting effort with every player contributing. Jock Mills was again the top scorer with 13 runs followed by Darcy Walker with 11 runs.

Against the second placed South Dubbo Team, 124 runs were going need the Storm players to bowl and field well, which they did taking the game to the wire. Unfortunately for the Storm, South Dubbo were able to just win scoring 132 runs from their 20 overs.

In what is shaping up a likely semi-final clash later in the year. The Storm player can hold their heads high knowing a win against the fancied South Dubbo team is within reach.

With the win, South Dubbo leap Storm to take first place on the ladder, but the Storm remain in second place. The best of the Storm bowlers were Jake Fordham 2 wickets for 8 runs and Jacqualine Hutchinson with two wickets for 16 runs.

In another exciting game for the 14's, the Gilgandra team played Dubbo CYMS. Winning the toss and electing to bat, CYMS set about compiling a very solid total of four wickets for 161 runs.

The best of the Gilgandra bowlers was Harry Tobin with three wickets for 15 runs. The target was set at 162, it was going to take some exceptional batting to win. After losing early wickets, Lachlan Henry steadied the ship scoring 18 runs but when Lochie fell there was a steady stream of wickets.

Enter Harry Tobin and Jack page, both boys battered brilliantly to take the game deep into the final overs. With only six runs needed and with one wicket in hand the game was evenly poised.

Harry and Jack looked like they had the game in control until a terrific catch on the boundary by young Archie Aird, son of former Gilgandra resident Jono Aird dismissed Harry for 28 runs just short of the total required. It was again a great team effort, and the team can be very proud of their efforts.

Jack Page was a standout with the bat, batting beautifully for 42 runs not out. Both Jack and Harry's innings has seen them become equal second place in the Dubbo competitions most runs scored.

 It was another great weekend of cricket for the all the junior cricketers. Round 10 games, February 5, 2022. 14B vs Narromine at McGrane Oval, Gilgandra 12B Thunder vs Storm at Ernie Knight, Gilgandra (subject to change) 12B Lightning vs South Dubbo Pink Hornets at Lady Cutler Oval Dubbo (South B).

By David Neeves

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