The top three spots in Lithgow's third grade cricket competition are all tied up as teams head into the eighth round of competition this weekend.
Lithgow Valley, La Salle Hornets and Housos Cougars are all tied on 37 points won in the competition so far.
Housos Cougars v La Salle Hornets
An unbeaten half-century by Lachlan Thompson led the La Salle Hornets team to a successful run chase in round seven of competition on Saturday, November 30.
Housos Cougars set a target of 75 to win, with Jason Stewart (24) and Jason Murray (21) top-scoring for the team.
Peter Morris and Chris Isley were in good form with the ball for La Salle, each taking three wickets. Wickets also went to Eli Morris (2), Robert Spillane and Lachlan Thompson.
Thompson wasted no time in getting his team headed towards a win, piling on 52 runs (not out). He was helped to the total by Isaiah Wren (12), Eli Morris (6) and Richard Sharp (17 not out). The team finished on 95.
Jason Murray took both the Housos' wickets.
Lithgow Valley v Hampton
There was hot competition when Hampton and Lithgow Valley met at Hampton Park on Saturday.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Valley team's batsmen contributed solid scores, including a half century to Graeme Bell (55) to amass a total of 5/221.
Other top scores went to Jonathan Reid (42), Stephen Moore (32), Lou Kappos (26) and Sonu Kumar (21).
At the bowling end, it was also a team effort. Hampton's wickets were shared between Greg Kitchener, Mick Byrne, Bradley Kay, James Leslie and Glenn Campbell.
In reply, the home team's batsmen showed they were up for the challenge. Byrne (49) and Campbell (59) top-scored in the run chase which, despite contributions from Rob Arnott (31), Kay and Rob Gracey (21 each), still fell short.
Valley claimed the win when Hampton finished on 7/215.
Wickets went to Valley's Jonathan Reid (2), Murray Staines (2), David Hartley and Lou Kappos.
The duck pond
Housos' Brent Pattison was bowled by La Salle's Eli Morris for no score.
Round eight on December 7:
- Housos Cougars v Hampton at Watsford Oval
- Lithgow Valley Cricket Club v La Salle Hornets at Marjorie Jackson Oval
- Lithgow Valley Cricket Club 37
- La Salle Hornets 37
- Housos Cougars 37
- Hampton 29
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