Portland v La Salle
The La Salle Hornets’ bowling attack was too strong for Portland.
Set a very achievable 112 to win, Portland’s batsmen fell under a sustained attack by Hornets bowlers Lachlan McMahon (4/27), Todd Walsh (2/13) and Brock Barry (2/8).
Brendon Miles (19), battling at Portland’s tail end was the best of them, with Brett Holt (18), Stephen Bender (13) and Joel Cameron (16) contributing to the final score.
Anthony Brown (21) and Todd Walsh (24) were the top-scorers for La Salle while Portland’s Brett Holt (4/14) and Sam Cameron (3/5) starred with the ball.
Lithgow Hotel v Valley
It was a quick run chase as Lithgow Hotel won its match over Valley.
Valley’s batsmen struggled to make runs, with Bayden Charlton, batting at No 8, the most successful at 28 not out.
There was not a lot of support, apart from efforts by Andrew Fawbert (16) and Jarod Inzitari (15) on Valley’s way to a total of 87.
Lithgow Hotel bowler Michael Hutchinson had a field day, taking 5/15.
Matt McManus took 2/14 while Mitch Blanchard and Jon Cronin both took wickets.
Lithgow Hotel did not lose a wicket on its way to 89.
Michael Hutchinson made 40* and Mikk Mlanric finished on 39*.
Hampton v Valley
A huge individual bowling effort by a Hampton bowler set up a big win on Saturday.
A hat-trick from a Hampton bowler Mohammed Nawaz set up the decisive victory.
The hat-trick was part of a seven-wicket haul, in which he gave up just three runs.
Jack Bilby also picked up two wickets, with Dave Kay taking one.
Graeme Bell set the pace for the Valley batsmen, laying on 40 before he was caught off the bowling of Dave Kay.
Jono Reid (11) and Lou Kappos (19) tried to keep the momentum up in the middle order but the remaining wickets fell cheaply.
Spearheaded by an opening batting performance by Matt Gerard (42), Hampton mowed down the target of 130 set by Valley.
Gerard was well supported by Jack Bilby (23) and Dave Kay (34).
Matt Williams (2/29) and Michael Inzitari (2/21) were the best of Valley’s bowlers.
Portland v Lidsdale
Lidsdale did not lose a wicket on its way to defeating Portland on Saturday.
After getting off to a good start, with opener Chris Hann scoring 46, the remaining Portland wickets fell for just 13 runs.
Portland finished all out 9/66.
Blake Caldwell (3/20) and Nic Bender (3/10) were the standout bowlers for Lidsdale as the team demolished the line-up, including four ducks.
Harry Bender (1/2) and Logan Ward (1/1) also took wickets.
It was a quick chase for Lidsdale, with opening batsmen Phil Wright (40) and Blake Caldwell (25) completing the job in seven wickets.
Lithgow Hotel 1 v Lithgow Hotel 2
Two four wicket hauls helped secure a win for Lithgow Hotel 1.
A team effort from Lithgow Hotel 1’s batting lineup set a total of 6/170, with solid innings from Terry Ford (40), Mitchell Brain (32) and Matt White (30).
Dave Robson (2/25) was the best of the Lithgow Hotel 2 team, with wickets also taken by Jason Stuart, Jason Murray, Tim Fowler and Col McCann.
Kobe Hunter and Dan Hine both starred with the ball as Lithgow 2 fought to a total of 123.
A half century to Jason Murray and 23 to Tim Fowler were the best scores for the Lithgow 2 team.
IN THE DUCK POND
Portland’s Aaron Bowen was run out for a diamond duck in their match against La Salle Hornets. La Salle’s Will Hutchinson and Lachlan McMahon were both taken out for ducks from the bowling of Joel Cameron. Valley’s Juzen Takahira was bowled out by Lithgow Hotel’s Michael Hutchinson.
Valley’s Will McGrath (golden duck) and Laurence McManus were unlucky enough to fall for no score as part of Hampton bowler Mohammed Nawaz’s hat-trick.
Brad Kay fell cheaply for Hampton, caught off the bowling of Michael Inzitari.
Four of Portland’s bowlers left the crease without making a mark; Peter Bourke, Troy Chalmers, Cliff Kinchella and Leon McCann.
Col McCann and Jareth Woolsey were out for ducks in Lithgow Hotel 2’s innings, while teammate Jason Stevens was out for a golden quacker.