PENRITH has firmed as the favourite for this week’s Western NSW under 13s carnival title after demolishing a strong Mitchell side at Glenroi Oval yesterday.
Travelling all the way from the foot of the mountains, Penrith’s 93-run triumph over Mitchell was even more impressive than the side’s five-wicket win on the carnival’s opening day against another tough opponent, Dubbo, on Sunday.
Pat Hinder continued to anchor Penrith’s batting, building on his unbeaten knock of 49 on day one with a 67 yesterday in his side’s 147.
Mitchell’s Connor Slattery took 5-17 to help bowl out Penrith but his side’s batsmen couldn’t get going, as Penrith seamer Trent Weir went about claiming 4-9 off eight overs.
The ball dominated more so than the bat yesterday.
ACT Blue defeated Lachlan by nine wickets in a low scoring affair.
Lachlan was bowled out for 53 as ACT’s Oliver Speldewinde took 4-13.
The ACT’s other outfit, ACT Gold, was led brilliantly by batsmen Aiden Cowie (92) and Qusintin Moffat (70) on its way to 228 against Orange-Bathurst.
Orange-Bathurst’s Brendon Wilson was the pick of the bowlers claiming 4-29 but his feats were bettered by ACT Gold’s Darcy Schwager, who took 4-10 to help guide his side to a commanding 137-run win at Jack Brabham 3.
Dubbo’s campaign is back on track after a strong 189-run win over South Coast.
Dalton Medoast smashed 106 not out in Dubbo’s 240 before bowler Matt Burton continued the round’s trend of remarkable bowling figures claiming 5-8 off seven overs.
In the round’s other games Illawarra defeated Wagga by six wickets and the Northern Districts also won by six wickets over Shoalhaven.
Today’s games begin at 10am, with the Dubbo and Mitchell clash at Brabham 3 set to be the most crucial as the two both chase Penrith.