Lithgow Cougars v La Salle Hornets
Jon Cronin spearheaded the Cougars' win over the La Salle Hornets on Saturday, November 30, with an outstanding performance with bat and ball.
Cronin picked up the bulk of the runs (62) for the Cougars, with tail-enders Brendan Horner (27) and Brock Barry (19) making valuable contributions.
The Cougars team finished on 176.
In reply, Cronin went on the attack with the ball, completing a remarkable set of overs with five wickets for just 18 runs. Wickets also went to Kobe Hunter and Horner.
The La Salle Hornets batting lineup made a spirited attempt, but fell short at 157.
Hartley v Lithgow Valley
Competition leaders Lithgow Valley struggled when they met Hartley on Saturday.
Backing up from his huge century in the Royal Hotel Cup in Orange on Friday night for the Lithgow Lightning team, opening batsman Ben Sheehan still top-scored for his Valley team.
Unfortunatey, he was taken for just 26 runs and he was the only player to make double figures as the team finished on 8-71.
Josh Blanchard was once again in fine form from the bowling end, taking 4-16 in just five overs. Wickets also went to Darren Duncan (2), Shorne Holt and Suresh Peesa.
Warren Stevens came out firing for Hartley, putting on 25 before he was dismissed. The loss of four wickets, including Holt and Brendan Murdoch for no score, could not halt the run chase, however. Nicholas Gardner Miller was the pick of Valley's bowlers, taking 3-21. Aron Crowder also claimed one wicket.
Hartley batsmen Josh Blanchard (13*), Darren Duncan and Zach Jones (14*) combined to run down the total, finishing on 4/73.
Lidsdale v Portland
Despite a big individual batting effort from Portland's Sam Cameron, a team batting effort was able to reel in a win for the Lidsdale team on Saturday.
Portland, sent into bat, quickly made hay, with Cameron striking 83. Batting partner Isaac Fardell was also having a great hit-out with 46.
However, once the openers bowed out, there was little depth of the Portland batting line-up and the team was finished on 167.
Wickets went to Harry Bender (2), Chris Redding, Nick Bender and Brayden McCann.
In reply, none of Lidsdale's batsmen were able to withstand the bowling attack for long, but each contributed enough to keep tapping away at the required total. Nick Bender top-scored on 25 not out, with Mitchell Redding the next best on 21. Another seven batsmen made between 10 and 20 runs.
Together, the line-up held out long enough to claim a win with 8-168.
The Portland bowlers never gave up, with wickets going to Sam Cameron (3), Joel Cameron (2), Dan Scott and Isaac Fardell.
The duck pond
Valley's Sam Johnson went for a swim against Hartley after being bowled by Darren Duncan. He was joined by opponents Shorne Holt and Brendan Murdoch.
A trio of Cougars ended up in the pond - Mitchell Brain, Logan Spice and Kevin Horner. The fate of their opponents, the La Salle Hornets, is not known as their batting stats were not made available.
Portland's Shane Green suffered the unlucky fate of being run out for no score.
- Lithgow Valley Cricket Club 45
- Lithgow Cougars 34
- La Salle Hornets 33
- Hartley 33
- Lidsdale 23
- Portland 22
Round eight on December 7 at 1pm:
- Lithgow Cougars v Hartley on Turf 1/Glanmire No 2
- Lidsdale v La Salle Hornets on Turf 3/Glanmire No 4
- Portland v Lithgow Valley Cricket Club at Conran Oval/MJ 1
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