MACQUARIE defeated St John's by five wickets in their Dubbo under-12B competition match on the weekend.
St John's made 6-118 and Macquarie 5-121.
The Hornets suffered their first loss of the season against a strong Macquarie outfit. After setting Macquarie a respectable 119 for victory the Blues chased them down with an over to spare thanks to some good batting from Thomas Busch and Braith Stevenson.
The Hornets were sent in, and the team's version of Dave Warner, Kieran Moore, wasted no time in racing to his compulsory retirement of 25. He shared an impressive partnership of 50-plus stand with Julian Morrison-Zhou who remained not out on 22 at the close of innings.
Oscar Robinson looked the goods with the bat but was brilliantly run out from a direct hit from the deep. There is a big score just around the corner for Ozzie. The rest of the order fell pretty cheaply going for quick runs in the latter overs.
After setting the opposition 119 to win, the spirits were high as the Saints took to the field.
Lachie Stevens opened the bowling and claimed an early wicket as did his opening partner James Richter. Jayden Blake, Matty Dawson and Brooklyn Crane all bowled well without taking a wicket.
Darcy Wood chimed in with a wicket and Julian continued his impressive form with the ball taking 1-3 off his two overs.
Once again though the pick of the bowlers was Angus Wood with 1-2 off three overs, as well as effecting a great run out with an accurate throw from the deep.
The Hornets probably weren't at their best but that took nothing away from Macquarie who were led very well by Thomas Busch and Braith Stevenson. Ably supported by James O'Malley with the bat and ball as well as some great fielding from the entire team.
In another game, CYMS made 3-155 and defeated Rugby 5-85.
No results were received from two games - Macquarie v St John's and Newtown v RSL-Colts.
Newtown def Macquarie 6-39 (average 6.5).
It was a tough day out for Macquarie and bowling first, Hugh Gibbons, Will Skinner, Jack Fuller and Hayden Bax did a stellar job with the ball in hand.
All four bowled tight spells with Hugh and Will getting vital breaks. A special mention to Will Skinner, who took his first catch for the season.
In the run chase, Macquarie batsmen Ollie Anderson, Jed Bruce, James Fiander and Hamish Foran led the charge. Strong stroke play backed up with helter-skelter running between the wickets ensured Macquarie gave it their all.
Thanks to Kane Settree and Zach Warren who willingly went to under-10s to help out with numbers for this round. Thank you and well done boys, I hope you had fun.
No results from St John's v CYMS and RSL-Colts v Rugby games.
RSL-Colts Red 3-40 (average 13.3) def Rugby Blue 7-59 (8.4).
Macquarie v St John's and Rugby Red v CYMS - no results supplied
TWO day games still in progress.
Report from last week's game, St John's 9-114 defeated RSL-Colts 10-81.
St John's won the toss and elected to bat first and after 20 overs were 5-80 while Colts finished day one on 5-32 after 20 overs.
Colts displayed some great bowling from Tom Atlee who finished with 7-23 off seven overs, Rhys Beauchamp (1-6 off 4 overs), Harry Comerford (0-4 off 2) and Tim Connor (0-7 off 2) did well.
Colts batsmen Mitchell Gough top scored with 13, Danny Cook 9, Will Betts not out for six. Anthony Atlee was involved in a great run out while Preston Beauchamp took a great catch.
TWO-day games in progress.
RSL-Colts 6-243 def Macquarie 169; Newtown 7-226 def Rugby 175; CYMS 4-203 def Gilgandra 131.