Rain brings cricket to abrupt end

Keeper Ronald Wykamp takes a catch to dismiss a batsmen in a match earlier this season.

Keeper Ronald Wykamp takes a catch to dismiss a batsmen in a match earlier this season.

The sudden heavy rain storm that hit Parkes at approximately 2pm caused all four senior cricket matches being played to come to an abrupt conclusion as the wickets were totally saturated.

Coolabah Cup

At Woodward Oval - Galahs v Raptors

Reedy Creek Raptors 3/80 in 15 overs (Jacob Hutchings 38no, Ben Coultas 18, Ace Matthews 15 & Mitch Hutchings 1/24 off 6) against Parkes Hotel Pythons.

Match was washed out to be a draw with both teams earning 2 competition points apiece. Once again the ever consistent Raptors pairing of Jacob Hutchings (38 off 39 balls) and Ben Coultas (18 off 29 balls) gave Raptors a good start to their innings before the rains came to end the match.

At Spicer Oval - Pitbulls v Honey Badgers

Railway Pitbulls 1/34 off 11 overs (Brad Fletcher 13no, Paul Logan 8no, Nic Parker 7 & Dan Gordon 1/3 off 3) against Honey Badgers. Match was washed out with both team collecting 2 competition points.

The match was being very evenly contested as Dan Gordon had just produced three very tight overs to capture 1/3 of the Honey Badgers whilst the inform Paul Logan (8no off 12 balls) was ready to continue his recent prolific run scoring form for the Pitbulls.

Radiola Cup

At Northparkes Oval - Northparkes Cricket Club v Bowling Club

Northparkes Cricket Club 1/69 off 13.4 overs (M Farooq 28no, Ian Ward 20, Nick Baird 15no & Adam Parker 1/19) v Bowling Club. Match was washed out and the teams were allocated 2 competition points apiece.

The game was proceeding smoothly until the thunder and heavy rain arrived.

The Northparkes CC openers in Ian Ward and Mohammed Farooq were both batting very responsibly against a keen Bowling Club attack, with both players demonstrating some well timed shots before Ian Ward was clean bowled by Adam Parker.

The hard hitting Nick Baird (15no off 12 balls) was just getting his eye in when heavy rain stopped this interesting match.

At Keast 2 - Star Hotel v Pythons

Star Hotel were batting against Pythons before the match was washed out after 8 overs.

Final Competition Point Scores (after matches played on 16/3/2019)

Coolabah Cup: Raptors 27, Reedy Creek 26, Honey Badgers 17, Railway Pitbulls 16 & Galahs 12

Radiola Cup: Northparkes Cricket Club 31, Star Hotel 28, Bowling Club 18 & Pythons 7

Semi Finals Draw - Saturday 23/3/2019 - all games to commence at 1pm

Coolabah Cup

1 v 4 - Raptors v Pitbulls at Spicer Oval

2 v 3 - Reedy Creek v Honey Badgers at Woodward Oval

Radiola Cup

1 v 4 - Northparkes Cricket Club v Pythons at Northparkes Oval

2 v 3 - Star Hotel v Bowling Club at Keast 2

Best of luck to all teams participating in the finals on Saturday.

Winners of these matches will proceed to the Grand Final which is scheduled for Saturday 30/3/2019.

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