DUBBO under-13s finished with two wins and two losses at the richly talented Western New South Wales Cricket Carnival hosted in Orange during this week.
Twelve sides were in the carnival - from Shoalhaven, South Coast, Dubbo, Mitchell, Lachlan, ACT 13s, ACT 12s, Wagga Wagga, Orange-Bathurst (Mitchell), Northern Districts, Illawarra and Penrith.
There was an added feature for Dubbo captain Ben Knaggs and Matt Burton who gained selection in the Twenty20 match played under lights at Wade Park Tuesday night.
This was a great opportunity for these players and was thoroughly enjoyed by the Dubbo players and spectators who cheered for their teammates all night.
In the competition proper, teams were placed in pools and played one-day matches, 50 overs a side for the first three days before lining up in positional play-offs on the final day.
Dubbo, coached by Mick Fraser was made up of junior association players Ben Knaggs (C), Sam Brandon, Dalton Medcalf, Logan Watmore, Henry Railz, Charlie Kempston, Daniel Duffy, Callan Braithwaite, Nathan Hawke, Matt Burton, Sam Fraser and Isaac Hogan.
Dubbo was placed in Pool A, comprising Penrith, South Coast and Mitchell, and with these strong teams the matches were always going to be a challenge for these young players.
The Dubbo team batted first against Penrith and found it tough going with the size and pace of the Penrith bowlers but opener Nathan Hawke stood his ground to see out eight overs. Best of the Dubbo batsmen were Henry Railz (24), Dalton Medcalf (12), Charlie Kempston (9) and Sam Fraser (8) with the team finishing its overs on 119.
Dubbo bowlers started off well to have Penrith 4-30 early and Callan Braithwaite finished with 3-10 but Penrith reached the total with five wickets to spare.
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ON DAY two Dubbo came away with a solid win defeating South Coast by 189 runs. This featured an outstanding performance by Dalton Medcalf with the bat (106 no) and Matt Burton with the ball taking 5-8 off seven overs.
Other batsmen who scored well were openers Sam Brandon (16) and Nathan Hawke (14). Logan Watmore (31 no), Henry Railz (17) and Isaac Hogan (15) all supported in the middle order.
Other wickets went to Callan Braithwaite 1-8, Henry Railz 1-7, Sam Fraser 2-4 and Sam Brandon 1-6.
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MITCHELL played Dubbo on day three and this was always going to be a tough game. Mitchell batted first on a flat pitch and scored 6-228 but Dubbo fought hard in the second half of the game chasing down the runs to finish 41 runs short.
Best of the batsmen were Dalton Medcalf (61), Sam Brandon (26), Ben Knaggs (26) and Nathan Hawke (20).
Dubbo bowlers found wickets tough to get against Mitchell but Nathan Hawke took 1-8 off two overs, Daniel Duffy (1-24, four overs), Dalton Medcalf (2-12, two overs), Charlie Kempston (1-10, one over) and Sam Brandon (1-31, two overs).
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DUBBO played ACT Gold in the provisional play-offs for seventh position and took out the win very convincingly to finish on 155 runs and ACT all out on 60.
Ben Knaggs and Nathan Hawke opened the innings for Dubbo. Both were playing excellent ground strokes and finished on 24 and 29 runs respectively.
All batsmen got amongst the runs with Henry Railz (27), Isaac Hogan (16), Charlie Kempston (12), Matt Burton (10), Daniel Duffy and Logan Watmore six each.
This last game was Sam Fraser's day taking 4-14 off six overs with two maidens. Other wickets went to Henry Railz (2 for 9, four overs) and one wicket each to Callan Braithwaite, Matt Burton, Isaac Hogan and Sam Brandon.
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THE team would like to thank its generous sponsors Boost Juice, Choice Home Loans, Athletes Foot and Signvision who helped with costs for the players to attend the carnival.
This sponsorship is greatly appreciated by both players and parents.