A man-of-the-match performance from Penrith’s Aaron Stewart and some clinical death bowling from Parramatta’s Robi D’Angelo helped their Gold side stave off a late fightback and claim a seven-run win over the Black team in Tuesday night’s Western NSW Under-13 Select Twenty20 at Wade Park.
The Select T20 is the marquee game of Orange District Junior Cricket Association’s Western NSW Junior Cricket Carnivals, each team in the tournament nominates two players who are then split into two sides and given the opportunity to play under lights at Orange’s premier ground.
With his Gold team in trouble at 5-88 after 16 overs Stewart blasted five fours and two sixes on his way to a lightning fast 33 retired, catapulting his team to a defendable 8-117.
He then took 0-3 from his two overs – bowled at the end of Black’s innings – to ensure his MVP award and help his side claim a win.
D’Angelo was the real star with the ball for Gold though.
He finished with 3-18 from his four overs, the last of which proved decisive.
Black needed 11 to win from the final set and D’Angelo fought back nerves to not just take a wicket in the over, but also bowl three dot balls and only concede three runs, sealing the win.
WIth the Gold side batting first, Lachlan’s Tom Rosscarel (24) and Manly’s Hayden Calvert (30) kicked off the innings in style, the latter was also magnificent with the gloves later in the game.
But after they were dismissed and retired, respectively, Gold collapsed, slumping to 5-88 and looking in real trouble until Stewart came to the crease and lifted his side to 8-117.
South Coast’s Matt Laughton (2-16) and Penrith’s Jamie Byrnes (2-10) were Black’s best with the ball.
Black’s chase started well despite D’Angelo claiming Parramatta’s Tahdj Jennings for a duck in the first over. Blacktown’s Gaurav Dogra (17) and Shoalhaven’s Lachlan Mark (30 retired) added plenty for the second wicket and Byrnes (25) picked up where they left off.
With three overs left Black still looked gone for all money though, needing 31 from the final 18 balls.
Mosman’s Jasper Hogarth-Scott (21) had other ideas though, taking seven from the 18th over and then 13 from the 19th to leave Black needing 11 from the final set.
He was caught from the third ball of D’Angelo’s over though, and Black’s hopes of an unlikely comeback win went with him.