RSL-Whitney Cup 2017: Wayne Dunlop, Bailey Edmunds star in Newtown Tigers' win over Rugby

A spectacular five-wicket haul from Bailey Edmunds has helped the Newtown Tigers to a dominant 65 run win over Dubbo Rugby in Saturday’s RSL-Whitney Cup fixture.

HEAVY HITTING: Wayne Dunlop recorded the only century of the round as he helped Newtown to a win over Rugby - their third straight. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

HEAVY HITTING: Wayne Dunlop recorded the only century of the round as he helped Newtown to a win over Rugby - their third straight. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

The Tigers got “out of the box early” thanks to openers Wayne Dunlop (103) and Dan Holland (55), posting 277 for Rugby to chase.

Despite the best efforts of Nathan Munro (66) and Adian Bennewith (45), Rugby were knocked off for just 212.

Dunlop said the win was all the more rewarding given to the absence of Mat and Steve Skinner due to injury.

“We got out of the box early which was good and we built on from there,” he said.

“We had a little bit of a collapse there towards the end of our innings but I think when you bat first and make 280-odd, we were always going to be pretty happy with that.”

That collapse saw the wickets of Dan French (19), Dunlop (103), Dwayne Kent (0) and Bailey Edmunds (0) all fall within two overs, with Matt Hull (25) and Dale O’Donnell (11) showing there was life left in the tail.

Adrian Carey (4/61) was Rugby’s most impressive with Aiden Bennewith (1/91) also making hell for the batsman, but the damage was done.

“At one stage we were looking at making 300 or 350 so those two did a good job in particular,” Dunlop said.

It ... reached a stage where they were needing eight, nine, 10 an over so that was always going to work in our favour.

Wayne Dunlop

With the ball in hand, Newtown’s bowlers went to work and it wasn’t long before they had some joy.

Campbell Rose (7) and and Jordan Murphy (0) fell in quick succession to Edmunds, who went on to claim 5/27 from eight overs.

Greg Kerr also dominated, taking 4/48 while interim captain Jordan Peacock claimed the scalp of opener Ben Wheeler (28). Nathan Munro stepped up to score 66 for Rugby, but it was too little, too late and Jacob Hill, Zach Murphy and Carey all fell for ducks.

The wickets fell in patches, with the final four falling within three overs.

“It was a great team effort with the ball in the field,” Dunlop said.

“All the bowlers who bowled kept it pretty tight and that was the plan.

“We put pressure on them early and it probably reached a stage where they were needing eight, nine, 10 an over so that was always going to work in our favour.”