Parramatta fell agonisingly short of a miraculous last-wicket win in the third-placed play-off in the Western NSW Junior Cricket Carnival’s final day on Thursday.
Illawarra notched up a four-run win as Parramatta ran out of time to chase down their rival’s 8-139, finishing the 50th over 9-135.
Ryan Cattle tore through the Sydney side’s tail with 4-25 from eight overs, while Bailey Abela ridiculous five maidens and figures of 1-7 from eight overs helped constrict Parramatta and help his side claim third place in the carnival.
Skipper Abela also hit 21 batting alongside Kias Thompson (32) to set up their score.
Meanwhile, ACT Yellow were able to chase down Inner West Harbour’s 121 in the 4nd over to claim fifth place to cap of a successful tournament for the Canberra sides.
Aarush Patel took five wickets to dismantle Inner West Harbour’s top order, leaving them 3-9 at one stage and forcing Will Allen (36 of 100) to rebuild.
Sam Smith hit 38 not out in the chase alongside Fraser O’Rourke (33) to seal the win.
Shoalhaven pulled victory from the jaws of defeat in their game against Wagga Wagga, slumping to 8-53 in chase of just 77, before passing the total nine down with only three overs to spare.
A phenomenal bowling effort from Wagga Wagga had none of their bowlers concede more than two runs an over, with Cooper Wright only having one run flow off his four overs, while Beau Edmunds took 3-10 off eight.
Pat Higgins (12 not out), Luke Gallen (14) and Lucas Zerafa (19) did just enough to get their side the win.
Continuing a pattern over the last few days, Orange’s game was the first one finished on Thursday as the young development side bore the brunt of a seven-wicket loss to South Coast.
Orange was bowled out for 43 off 25 overs, with only James Harper reaching double figures, while South Coast only needed 15.3 overs to chase down the target.
Penrith scored a 13-run win over South-Eastern, while Charlie Tink’s 32 and Jacob Lamb’s 5-27 weren’t enough for Mitchell to overcome Blacktown Gold in Molong.
Harry Roscarel’s 59 proved the difference as Lachlan took down North West Sydney Maroons at Glenroi Oval as Ryan Goodsell and Ryan Dunford both took three wickets to restrict the Maroons to 121 chasing 138.
An all-round performance from Dudley Shepherd was a crucial part of Dubbo’s win over North West Sydney Gold.
Shepherd took 1-11 from eight overs and hit 43 not out from number seven to guide Dubbo to a two-wicket win, chasing down 110 with held from Caiden Ah See (29).
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