29 November, 2021
Storm's fury unleashed in Narromine
It was a case of will or won't cricket be on as Gilgandra dodged the bulk of recent rain while Dubbo was right in the firing line.
Eventually, after much trepidation round three of junior cricket competition did proceed on Saturday, November 13.
The 12s Storm played Narromine in Narromine and notched another impressive win. Winning the toss, they elected to bowl first on an icy cold morning. Storm applied the pressure with the ball, taking 11 wickets to restrict Narromine Black to a total score of 66. Jacqueline Hutchison was impressive taking four wickets for four runs from her two overs. She was well supported by Darcy Walker with three wickets for eight runs from his three overs. In reply, Jock Mills put on a batting masterclass scoring 23 from his 20 balls faced, which included his first six. Jacob Fordham was also rock solid with the bat, scoring 10 runs and not conceding any wickets. Storm were impressive winners by 63 runs.
The 12's Thunder ventured to Dubbo to take on South Dubbo Finners, they won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Finners were restricted to 74 runs off the bat but the 36 bonus runs from the nine wickets lost by Thunder meant Souths posted a respectable score of 110. The best of the bowlers was Georgia Allen with one wicket for two runs from her two overs. Thunder needed to bat well given South's had not lost many wickets. Unfortunately, there was a steady fall of wickets which set the Thunder on the back foot. After batting their 20 overs, it was Alex Cosier, who top scored with 13 runs, impressed by not getting out. Thunder managed a total score of 82 runs but fell short of the 110 total required to win.
The 14Bs played Macquarie in Dubbo. It was a day where the bowling attack clicked into gear restricting an understrength Macquarie to 42 runs in total. Lachlan Henry impressed with the ball taking two wickets for one run from his only over. He was supported by Jack Page who took two wickets for seven runs from his three overs. The score of 42 was never going to trouble the 14s. It was openers Harry Tobin and Marshall Parker that made short work of the run chase reaching the total after six overs. Harry finished not out 21 runs from 24 balls faced and Marshall not out 11 from eight balls.
In their first home game at the picturesque McGrane Oval, the 12s Lightning were ready to strike. Unfortunately, the result was settled early when Newtown could only field four players which resulted in a forfeit win to the Lightning.
Congratulations to Marshall Parker and Jack Page, who were selected to trial for the Western Plains Under 13 and 14s teams respectively in Dubbo on Sunday. Both boys trialled well and just missed selection in hotly contested Western Plains teams both should be very proud of their achievements.
By David Neeves