There was a feast of cricket played in Cobar last week with two games played for the return of the 50 overs competition on Saturday along with three Twenty/20 games on Australia Day and another Twenty/20 game on Friday night.
In Saturday’s 50 overs match on the turf wicket Great Western won the toss and elected to bat first. They however only batted through to the 32nd over before the side was out for a low score of 106. Jake Harbison top scored with 33 and Jay Egan finished with 27.
Both were bowled by inform Colts bowler Dean Botten who finished with fantastic figures of 5/23 for the match.
In their run chase Colts didn’t take long to reach the target and had surpassed Great Western’s total by the 28th over.
In a man of the match performance, Botten also starred with the bat for Colts finishing with 40 not out.
In the other game played on the synthetic wicket, the players got an early mark with Nymagee quickly bowling Golfie out by the 12th over for a very low score of 35.
Kapil Gohel was the only Golfie batsman to reach double figures on 13.
In their hurry to finish the game, Nymagee lost four wickets to ducks in their run chase but eventually Jade Buckman (7 not out) and Craig Dillon (14 not out) guided them to a win in the 8th over.
Gohel finished with bowling figures of 3/9 and Will Whitton took 2/15.
In Friday’s Twenty/20 game Bushies recorded their second win of the week with a 207-87 win over Paddy’s Pack.
Craig Dillon with 88 and Jade Buckman (57) top-scored for Bushies and helped to steer them to a comfortable 120 runs win.
Chris Deighton (29), Jed Best (17) and Marc Anderson (16) were Paddy’s best with the bat.
Bryan Manns finished with excellent bowling figures of 3/9 and Craig Tanke took 2/12.
In the first game on Australia Day, Camels won the toss and sent the Bushies in to bat.
And bat they did with opener Stewart Fraser scoring a tonne hitting 12 boundaries and two sixes before he retired with 101 runs.
Stephen Nicholson also spent a fair bit of time at the crease clocking up 45 runs before he was caught and bowled by Clay Neale for the Camels.
Daniel Howard was also in form with the bat adding 23 to Bushies score before he was bowled by Mathew Low.
Neale finished with bowling figures of 2/30, Low had 1/35 and Jamie Peters 1/15.
In reply the Camels made a good start to their run chase with their top order Clay Neale (47), Mathew Low (18), Zac Finn (13) and Ben Tranter (41) all regularly finding the boundary to keep the score moving along.
After a couple of quick wickets, the Camels found themselves in trouble and despite a late hit out by Baden Smith (14 which came from a six, a four and a six) and a Jamie Peters (7), the Camels had failed to reach their target and were bowled out in the 17th over.
Thinus Els was the best of the CSA bowlers with 3/26. David Watson had 1/20 and Tony Polack 1/22.
Despite their win against CSA, Tilpa didn’t get off to the best start in the Australia Day game and lost opener Scott Toomey with the score at just 12. The innings then steadied somewhat with Patrick Sullivan contributing 19 and Travis Buckman 13, however it was left to Claud Beitz (31 not out) and late order batter Justin McClure (45) to resurrect the innings for Tilpa to finish their 20 overs with 6/129.
David Watson led the run chase for CSA batting for almost the entire innings before he was run out late in the game for a total of 41.
They only other CSA batsmen to reach double figures were Mathew Low (25) and John Daly (12).
Claud Beitz did the damage with the ball for Tilpa taking three wickets for 11 runs.
Travis Buckman grabbed 2/12, Patrick Sullivan 2/24 and Cody Martin 1/16.
In the last game on Australia Day Peak won the toss and elected to bat first.
They got off to a disastrous start losing both their openers Darryl Curtis and Greg Bowkett for ducks and only one batsman reached double figures (Dean Botten 38) before the side was bowled out in the 19th over for a total of 90.
In reply Baden Smith (retired 66 not out), Rob Childs (45 not out) and Wayne Josephson (27) helped to steer Empire to a comfortable win.