Lachlan Premier Cricket (games played on Sat 02/11/19)
*at Woodward Oval, Parkes
In a well contested game played in good spirit by both teams, Parkes Raptors chased down a competitive run tally of 160 recorded by Cowra Valleys to record a good 6 wicket win. The Raptor's run chase was led by Scott Knights who played a splendid innings to score 97 not out (with 2 sixes and 7 fours).
The scores were Valley 10/160 in 38.4 over (D. Callaghan 39, S. McNaught 28, J. McNaught 26, J. Mason 26, S. Wilson 12, B. Houghton 11, Blake Smith 3/10 from 6, Kyle Branscombe 2/18 from 4, Luke Nash 3/25 from 4, Jack Murray 1/13 from 5.4, Max Keith 1/19 from 6) lost to Parkes Raptors 4/161 in 35.5 overs (Scott Knights 97 n.o., Adam Parker 29, Jack Murray 18 n.o., S. McNaught 3/22 from 7, Ben Houghton 0/24 from 10). Raptors defeated Valleys by 6 wickets. Umpire: Robert Ryan.
Valleys won the toss and elected to bat. Raptors newly acquired player Blake Smith soon made his presence felt as he dismissed both of the Valleys opening batsman to have Valleys reeling as the score stood at 2/8 in the 6th over.
Valleys batsmen Scott Wilson and Jacob McNaught offered plenty of defiance to guide their team out of trouble as youngster Darcy Callaghan (39) and seasoned players Ben Houghton and Sam McNaught boosted Valleys total.
Darcy Callaghan appears to be a young player with a good future as he batted with good technique. Later in the game he executed a brilliant direct hit run out.
The recently in form Jared Mason batted aggressively to score a quick fire 26 runs at the end of the Valleys innings. Blake Smith (3/10 off 6 overs) led the Raptors' attack. He received good support from Kyle Branscombe (2/18 off 4 overs) and Luke Nash (3/25 off 4 overs).
In reply, Raptors were in big trouble as Sam McNaught smashed through their early order batting to see Raptors in disarray as their score stood at 3/4 after 3 overs.
Scott Knights and Adam Parker then batted with steely resolve to put on a 4th wicket partnership of 94 runs before Adam Parker fell to a sensational diving catch by Jacob McNaught at mid wicket for a well compiled 24 runs.
Scott Knights and Jack Murray then had to survive a very tight spell of bowling by Ben Houghton and Sam McNaught before Scott Knights began to take control of the keen Valleys' attack to cruise to a masterly 97 n.o. Scott and Jack Murray added an undefeated 63 run partnership for the 5th wicket to bring Raptors their first win of the 2019/20 Lachlan Premier Cricket season.
*At Holman Oval, Cowra
Ross Graham leads Cowra Bowling Club to victory over Parkes Cats
Veteran Cowra cricketer Ross Graham batted very well to score 76 runs to guide Bowling Club to a 6 wicket victory as they chased down Cats' score of 161 with 7 wickets in hand and 7.3 overs to spare. Some good batting by lower order Cats youngsters boosted the Cats score to keep them competitive.
Parks Coolabah Cup Competition
Results of games played Friday 1/11/2019
*at Northparkes Oval
Northparkes Cricket Club 84 in 23.3 overs (U. Cheema 26 n.o, S. Blond 12, R. Bondareff 11, J. Parker 3/12 off 6, B. Parker 2/19 off 6, J. Van Opynen 5/18 from 5.3) lost to Parkes Hotel Galahs 3/86 in 20.2 overs (Steve Maier 27, Nick Parker 21, Lucas Lees 15, B. Wales 1/7 off 1, B. Reardon 1/10 off 5, S. Dalton 1/19 off 4).
Parkes Hotel Galahs (5pts) defeated Northparkes Cricket Club (0pts) by 7 wickets.
The Galahs spinner Joe van Opynen produced a top spell of bowling to capture 5/18 after Jacob Parker earned plenty of concern in taking 3/12 to have the imposing Northparkes team all out for 84 in 22.3 overs. Only Usman Cheema with 26 n.o. offered major resistance for Northparkes.
The Galahs batted sensibly to cruise to a comfortable 7 wicket victory with Steve Maier (27) and Nick Parker (21) leading the way.
Results of games played Saturday 2/11/2019
*at Northparkes Oval
Bowling Club win thriller over Honey Badgers
Bowling Club 9/127 in 30 overs (Garry Dukes-Rankmore 45, Matt Swindle 27, H. Dawson 16, M. Rathbone 2/9 off 6, D. Ingram 3/16 off 5, M. Bruce 3/28 off 6) defeated Honey Badgers Cricket Society 123 in 23.3 overs (Aaron Thorn 55, Malcolm Bruce 23, Andrew Pigram 11, Nathan Gaidzionis 11 n.o., Jake Brown 4/28 off 6, N. Hessel 2/23 off 6, M. Swindle 2/25 off 3.3). Bowling Club (5pts) defeated Honey Badgers (0pts) by 4 runs.
In a real thriller, the previously winless Bowling Club team recorded a fine by very close 4 run victory over the well credentialed Honey Badgers.
Bowling Club did well to bat out their allocated 30 overs to record 9/127 with the evergreen Garry Dukes-Rankmore (45) and Matt Swindle (27) leading the way. Dale Ingram (3/16) and Malcolm Bruce (3/28) were the most successful Badgers bowlers.
In reply, the Honey Badgers opening batsmen Aaron Thorne (55 off 36 balls with 8 fours) led the run chase. Malcolm Bruce (23 off 18 balls with 3 fours) provided mid order defiance but Jake Brown (4/28 off 6), Matt Swindle (2/26 off 3.3) and Nathan Hessel (2/23 off 6) proved to be too strong. The Bowling Club team will be given great heart after this exciting victory.
*at Spicer Oval
Reedy Creek defeat under manned Star Hotel
Star Hotel 31 in 11.1 overs (D. Thorne 8, T. Thorne 7, Craig Chapple 2/0 off 2.1, Grant Dunn 3/11 off 3, Michael Ostler 2/15 off 5) lost to Reedy Creek 2/35 in 9.3 overs (O. Stubberfield 17 n.o, B, Cooper 10, Toby Thorne 2/16 off 4.3). Reedy Creek (5pts) defeated Star Hotel (0pts) by 8 wickets.
Draw for Round 5 of Coolabah Cup - all games begin at 6pm
Thursday 7/11/2019 - Honey Badgers Cricket Society v Northparkes Cricket club at Woodward.
Bowling Club vs Reedy Creek at Northparkes Oval.
Friday 8/11/2019 - Parkes Hotel Galahs v Commercial Dilligafs at Northparkes.
Star Hotel - Bye.
Point Score in Coolabah Cup (after games played 2/11/2019)
Team, Points, Games Played
Parkes Hotel Galahs, 12, 4.
Northparkes CC, 10, 3.
Honey Badgers CS, 9, 3.
Reed Creek, 9, 3.
Bowling Club, 6, 4.
Commercial Dilligafs, 3*, 3.
Star Hotel, 2*, 4.
*Loss of 4pts for non attendance at October Monthly Meeting.