Good summer in the middle for Orange batsmen

CRICKI Leaks has been able to sit back and enjoy some of the ODCA’s best run scorers this season.

Defying the effects of the farmer’s friend they call rain, Richie Venner may usurp the 1000 mark for the year, currently sitting on a huge 721 runs. A half-dozen more batsmen could pass the magic 500, too. A fine mark of a good summer out in the middle.

That hasn’t happened in the ODCA since Nathan Rosser hammered 853 for City back in 2009-10.

But there’s always one, isn’t there?

Still revelling in the past, Orange City and swashbuckling opening batsman Matt Findlay is collecting a group of ducks Plucka himself would be proud of.

In fact, Cricki Leaks isn’t sure Findlay isn’t Plucka himself.

Has anyone seen the two in the same room? Didn’t think so.

Before you quack-up, Findlay’s five ducks for the Warriors and the Mitchell Cricket Council’s open outfit this season is the most of any cricketer in the top grade, with Charlie Cooper (four) the next best accumulator.

Plucka Findlay’s MyCricket career total is 13 - that’s two sets of Olympic rings and triple-0 call.

THE Australian cricket team’s 2-1 series victory over South Africa was certainly something to savour this week.

The drama, the tension, the buzz ... incredible. 

Cricki Leaks is sure Bill Lawry won’t be that excited again until his next pigeon race.

But out of it all, Dave Warner’s feats with the willow in Newlands were truly remarkable, with the destructive left hand batsman’s knocks of 135 and 145 just the third time an Australian has passed triple figures in both innings on South African soil.

To the disbelief of some, a long-sleeved Phil Hughes (115 and 160) did it in 2009 while, much closer to home, Orange CYMS legend Jack Moroney (118 and 101 not out) did it at the Wanderers Ground way back in 1950.

The owner of one of the most imposing Orange District Cricket Association records with 2545 runs at an average over 100, the three-time premiership winner is remembered by CYMS with the Jack Moroney cricketer of the year award for the club’s best performed first grade cricketer.

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