Mitchell go down in a thriller, Dubbo fall short on day three | Photos

As Bill Lawry would have said in his animated way, “it was all happening today in Orange”. 

Mitchell have gone down by one run to Blacktown Gold in an absolute thriller on day three of the Western NSW Under 13 Cricket Carnival.

Playing at the the Country Club Oval, Blacktown batted first and got to 9-172 off their 50 overs, lead ably by Hugh McDonald with 43 and Jai Bedi’s 37 at the top of the order.

However, tight bowling from Fergus Fergusson and Angus Staniforth, who both finished with figures of 2-15 off eight and seven over respectively, brought Mitchell back into the hunt. 

Coach Ian Strudwick said Mitchell “killed it” with the bat early on, with Blake Kreuzberger (51) and Fergusson (27) taking the local side to 0-73, but it was slim pickings from then on.

Hugh Thompson tried to lead a rear-guard effort from number six, making 29 not out, but there just wasn’t the support around him to make the last few runs needed.

Mitchell made it into the 50th over needing five runs from it, but two run outs cruelly denied their chances of sneaking past Blacktown.

Strudwick said Blacktown deserved the win and that Mitchell were “pretty lucky” to get as close as they did. 

“We just didn’t hit enough runs,” he said. 

Dubbo had a loss to ACT Emerging Gold, and despite a good performance with the ball, their spin quartet doing the work to keep ACT to just 131, including leggie Ted Murray, who had 2-0 off five overs to finish with 2-16.

Only Dylan Brick passed 20 with the bat for ACT, but enough others got starts to push their score along.

“The pitch was really good this morning but in the afternoon the bounce just died and I think we got a bit tired as well.”

Dubbo coach Greg Rummans

Dugald Sheppard scored 19 for Dubbo to lead their scorecard. 

Dubbo coach Greg Rummans said his side “never got going”, but took nothing away from ACT’s performance.  

“The pitch was really good this morning but in the afternoon the bounce just died and I think we got a bit tired as well.”

Wagga Wagga managed an astounding collapse to be all out for 48 off just 18 overs in their match against St Ives, who patiently chased down the total, passing Wagga’s score in 25 overs. 

Mosman smashed Lachlan on the back of 75 to Cooper Johnston, winning by 104 runs in an emphatic display. 

Bankstown proved too good for Illawarra, passing their total of 135 with just more than three overs to spare. 

The rain thankfully stayed for the day’s play after the first two days were rain-affected.

Play was moved for several grounds on Wednesday after a big storm in Orange overnight brought down trees and a whole lot of rain. 

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