La Salle Hornets No 1 v Lidsdale
La Salle made a successful chase to claim their match against Lidsdale.
Lidsdale finished on 144, with opener Brendon Roach top-scoring on 62. Blake Bender added his support at number five with 39.
Plenty of La Salle bowlers wanted a piece of the action, with wickets going to Todd Walsh (2-15), Luke Brown (1-32), Aaron Mantle (2-32), Will Brown (1-19), Lachlan McMahon (1-8) and K Gajula (1-2).
Lidsdale bowler Blake Bender did his best to stave off the chase, taking 4-24, but the Hornets steadily built their total, finishing 7-147.
Richard Sharp retired after top-scoring on 40 for the Hornets, with Josh Amos scoring 25.
For Lidsdale, wickets also went to Dom Dellabosca, Luke Giokaris and Anthony Dellabosca.
Lithgow Hotel No 1 v Portland No 2
Lithgow Hotel No 1 recorded a win over Portland on Saturday.
Portland struggled to 53, with the majority of the runs scored by Chris Hann (33) in the number one batsman spot. No one else in the lineup was able to make a dent, with the next highest score Peter Bourke on 6.
Jon Cronin and Blake Caldwell did some serious damage with the ball for Lithgow Hotel, each taking three wickets. Brock Barry claimed two, while Kobe Hunter took one.
In reply, Kobe Hunter backed up from his bowling effort to top score on (you guessed it) 33, this time not out. The total was reached with the assistance of Brock Barry, who was the only wicket to fall, bowled by Peter Bourke for five, and Matt Dickson (13 not out).
La Salle No 2 v Valley No 2
Graeme Bell’s 78 not out set up a successful chase for Valley over La Salle.
Valley set out to chase down La Salle’s total of 138, spearheaded by a game-high 84 run haul by Allan Cronin. Cronin was backing up from his outstanding form of last week, when he topped 150 to lead his team to victory.
Unfortunately, no one else was able to put together a supporting innings, with Peter Cronin the next highest total on 15.
Meanwhile Riley Bell was having a great time at the crease, taking four wickets including the key scalp of Allan Cronin. Wickets also went to Matt Williams and Tyler Buck.
La Salle was on track to defend their total, with the opening wickets for just 14 runs. Wickets went to Chris Isley (2/9) and Luke Thompson (1/32). However, Bell came in at number three and turned the tide, leading Valley to the win.
Lithgow Hotel No 2 v Hartley
A half century to Steve Sellers set up a win for Lithgow Hotel. After a slow start, the team got firing, with a good team batting effort contributing to the total of 6-185.
Hartley’s Richard Blanchard took a series of wickets in the middle order to finish with team best figures of 3-24.
In reply, Jacob Edgecombe (31 not out) fought back for Hampton after losing opener L Keith for 1. He top scored for the team, which finished on 119.
Jason Stewart was on target for Lithgow Hotel, taking 4-19. S Sahail and Shannon Clarke each picked up two.
Valley No 1 v Hampton
Hampton (6-105) defeated Valley No 1 (all out 102). No further results available.
Portland No 2 had plenty of entrants to the duck pond this week, with Darren Moore, Leon and Neville McCann also failing to score.
La Salle No 2’s A Evans was unlucky, run out as the last batsman in for the team in their match against Valley 2.
Lidsdale’s Phil Wright was caught out for a duck by La Salle No 1’s Richard Sharp, while teammate L Ward was also caught out for a quacker. The opposition did not escape unscathed, with K Gajula bowled by Blake Bender for zero.
Draw Round Five
Lidsdale v Portland No 1 at Wallerawang Oval
Hampton v Lithgow Hotel CC No 2 at Hampton Park
Lithgow Valley Cricket Club No 1 v Portland No 2 at Conran Oval/ Glanmire No 4
Lithgow Valley Cricket Club No 2 v La Salle Hornets No 1 at Turf 3/Watsford Oval
Lithgow Hotel Cricket Club No 1 v La Salle Hornets No 2.
Hartley Cricket Club has the bye.