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10 February, 2022

Thunder takes bragging rights

It was a local derby between the top two Gilgandra 12B teams at Ernie Knight Oval on Saturday.

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Electing to bat first, the Thunder batters strode to the wicket hopeful of asserting themselves as the number one Gilgandra under 12's team. However, the Storm bowlers had other ideas restricting the Thunder to six wickets for 93 runs.

Alex Cosier was the best of the Thunder batters with 10 runs, but it was a good all-round batting effort. Storm applied the pressure with excellent bowling, Jemima Harrison with three wickets for 15 runs from four overs made sure the game was evenly balanced at the break.

In reply, the Thunder bowlers knew they needed to bowl well, which they did, restricting Storm to seven wickets for 82 runs. Alex Cosier the best of the bowlers with two wickets from his three overs for only six runs. The game was played in good spirits and highlights the strength of Gilgandra Junior Cricket.

The Lightning travelled to Dubbo to take on the South Dubbo Pink Hornets. The Pink Hornets won the toss and sent the Lightning into bat.

Lightning batted well by not losing as many wickets as they did last week, to post a respectable score of five wickets down for 91. Sam Tobin top scored with 15 runs followed by Ben Mudford with 13 runs. In reply, the Pinks Hornets showed their strength is in their batting only losing two wickets to finish two for 111 runs and run away with the win. A wicket each to Oscar Medd and Harrison Newton.

The 14s tackled Narromine at the picturesque McGrane Oval. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Gil boys (noting the girls didn't play this week) put together a very com- petitive score of all out for 97. Jack Page again showed how his batting

skills have developed throughout the year top scoring 32 not out. This score has taken Jack to the top posi- tion as the leading runs scorer in the Dubbo Junior Cricket 14B competi- tion. In reply, the bowling and fielding was much improved on the previous week bowling Narromine out for 31. A great team effort with the ball with Marshall Parker and Darcy Morris fin- ishing with two wickets each.

This weekend also had the return of the Lachlan Valley representative games. The U14s had the bye and the U12s travelled to Parkes to play Condobolin. Batting first the Gilgan- dra/Wellington combination set a competitive total of nine wickets down for 98 runs. Fletcher Giddings from Wellington top scored with 21 runs, with the best of the Gilgandra batters were Mitch Cosier and Darcy Walker with eight runs each.

98 was going to be a competitive target for the Gil/Wellington team to defend. No one could predict that the game would be so close and go down to the wire. Condobolin came away as eventual winners by a whisker, scoring the winning runs with only one wicket in hand. A top bowling effort almost landed the boys their first win in the Lachlan Valley Rep Competition. Mitch Cosier topped off his good day finishing with three wickets for 21 runs. All the boys should be very proud of their efforts.

Next week they take on Parkes in round five of the Lachlan Valley Representative Competition.
Next week’s round 11 DDJCA games:

14Bs Gilgandra vs South Dubbo at John McGrath No.1, Dubbo.

12Bs Thunder vs Narromine at Bob Dowling Field No.1, Dubbo.

12Bs Lightning vs Dubbo RSL Colts at Lady Cutlet Field No.5, Dubbo.

12Bs Storm vs DDJCA Girls at McGrane Oval, Gilgandra. 

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