Lidsdale v Valley 2
Phil Wright smashed 106 for Lidsdale to lead the team to victory over Valley 2 on Saturday.
The opener stayed in until the final moments of the innings, finally caught off the bowling of Ty Buck.
The team finished on 5-134.
The wickets were evenly spread among the Valley bowlers, with single scalps to Mick Inzitari, Matt Williams, Jon Reid, Sonu Kumar and Ty Buck.
Valley’s Sam Johnston was keen to make his mark, hitting 43 runs. Coming in at No 10, Clive White fought back after Jamie Giokaris demolished the middle order, taking three wickets for no score. White made 23 before he was caught off the bowling of Ethan Achurch.
The team finished all out for 130.
Lidsdale’s Jamie Giokaris and Nick Bender each claimed three wickets. Dominic Dellabosca finished with two, while Blake Bender and Ethan Achurch took one each.
Lithgow Hotel 1 v Portland 1
Portland won their bout against Hotel, thanks largely to an incredible purple patch by bowler Sam Cameron.
Cameron finished with 5-21 in the match.
Lithgow Hotel’s innings was a team effort, with a number of batsmen contributing, led by opener Jon Cronin who topped scored on 37.
Matt McManus was the next top score on 29 and the team finished on 127.
Cameron led the bowling attack, with wickets also going to Joel Cameron (2-35), Steve Bender (1-37) and Aaron Bowen (1-32).
It was a similar team batting effort from Portland, with Steve Bender (26*), Sam Cameron (24) and Kye Cameron (29) the top scorers. They led the team to a total of 131 and the win.
Wickets went to Lithgow Hotel bowlers Kobe Hunter (2-35), Matt McManus (2-31), Mikk Mlinaric (2-28) and Jon Cronin (1-32).
La Salle 1 v Valley 1
Batsman Ben Sheehan led the Valley team to a win over La Salle in a nail-biting run chase.
La Salle bowler David Wheeler did his absolute best to stave off a Valley win, taking a five wicket haul in his eight overs.
The Hornets set a solid innings total, spearheaded by Richard Wheeler’s 56.
The Valley bowlers shared the scalps, with wickets going to Juzen Takahira (3-44), Josh Howarth (2-24), Aron Crowder (1-22) and Nic Kenniff (1-22).
La Salle’s opener Sheehan came out fast, laying on 80 before he was bowled by Wheeler.
Nic Kenniff (38*) then sweated it out in the middle as man after man fell at the other end. He saw three teammates dismissed without score, but he held on for the win, finishing 8-143.
David Wheeler was the star with the ball for La Salle (5-24), assisted by Anthony Brown (2-17) and Aaron Manton (1-22).
Lithgow Hotel 2 v La Salle 2
Brett Holyoake top scored for Lithgow Hotel 2 on 17, one of three batsmen to reach double figures in their match on November 24.
The team finished on 73.
Young gun Eli Morris was in form with the ball, taking 3-15, alongside Robert Clay (3-16), Peter Morris (2-13), Chris Isley (1-17) and Kynan Coombs (1-9).
In reply, Eli Morris showed he is also at home at the crease, top-scoring on 28 for La Salle, with fellow opener Mick Wren assisting on 16.
The team reached 78 with three wickets to spare.
The Hotel bowlers gave the chasing team plenty of grief, with Dan Hind and Sohail Seliya both taking two wickets.
Steve Sellers and Jason Murray claimed one each.
Hartley v Portland 2
It was a low scoring affair when Hartley and Portland 2 clashed on Saturday.
Portland’s Dean Cornish, batting at number one, top-scored on 16 as Hartley bowler Mitch Blanchard ran riot, taking 4-19.
Portland finished on 8-61.
Hartley’s Liam Keith did not muck around, hitting 34 runs before being caught off the bowling of Brayden McCann. The team ran out winners 4-62.
The wickets went to Portland bowlers Troy Chalmers (2-12), Brayden McCann (1-28) and Peter Bourke (1-19).
The duck pond
There was plenty of company in the pond as Lithgow Hotel 2 and La Salle Hornets 2 clashed. Consecutive Hotel batsmen Shannon Clarke and Dylan Taylor were joined by La Salle’s Kynen Coombs and Geoff Thompson.
A trio of Valley 1 batsmen ended up in the pond – Hayden Wren, Trent Bunting and J Anthes. Opponents La Salle’s Will Brown was also taken without score off the bowling of Takahira.
Hartley’s Jacob Gillespie was bowled out for zero by Portland’s Troy Chalmers, while Portland had its own quackers; Jack Hughes and Don Palmer.
Three ducks fell in a row on Valley 2’s scorecard, with Jamie Giokaris claiming the wickets of Riley Bell, Tyler Buck and Mick Inzitari.
Portland lost two batsmen for ducks (Rodney Dempsey and Lloyd Bain), both off the bowling of the in-form Sam Cameron.