Four Orange players zone in on Bradman Cup

FOUR Orange players have earned a place in the Western Zone under 16s Bradman Cup side after helping Mitchell to the regional title.

Tom Galvin, Daniel Donato, James Donato and Hugh Britton were named in the Western Zone side on Sunday, along with four of their Mitchell teammates.

Mitchell won all four Western Zone matches, including a nine-wicket win over Lachlan on Sunday in Bathurst.

It was a brilliant bowling performance, led by Daniel Donato, which pushed Mitchell to the win.

Donato took the amazing figures of 4-1 from six overs and the Lachlan batsmen struggled to even lay a bat on his deliveries.

He was given great support from Connor Farnell, the Blue Mountains bowler finishing with 3-10 from 10 overs, while Bathurst player Ryan Newell took 2-22 from five.

This helped to remove Lachlan for 102.

Sai Pendakonda (40 not out) and Zac Starr (29) were the only Cowra batsmen to make a significant scoreboard impact.

In their reply, Mitchell were always unlikely to loosen such a tight grip on a game, and thanks to openers Mark Day and Farnell, they had few worries.

Day finished on 32 not out, while Farnell made it to 31 before he became the only victim of the innings, and Josh Kitchener chipped in with an unbeaten 14 to ensure there was no collapse.

“Lachlan are struggling a bit at the moment and don’t have a lot of depth to choose from and we felt that was a game we would win fairly comfortably if we played the way we have been,” Mitchell coach Tony Wells said.

“That wraps up four wins. We have had a good season and played some pretty good cricket.

“Going into the Bradman Cup we feel like our bowling is a real strength and we showed that again on the weekend, and our middle-order is strong as well.

“It is just going to be a matter of getting that top order firing and we should be able to perform strongly. It is a very young side, and there are five players in there who will still be eligible to play for Western again next season.”

Joining the four Orange players in the Bradman Cup side are Josh Kitchener, Bathurst’s Ryan Peacock and Mark Day as well as the Blue Mountains’ Connor Farnell.

The Bradman Cup will be played at Maitland and Singleton from January 6-9 next year.

Western Zone will go up against North Coast, Central North and Central Coast in their pool matches, with the hope of qualifying for the final.

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