James O'Brien helps Rugby ONeSteelers score victory in weekend's only cricket match in Dubbo

WASHOUT: There was no chance of play at No. 1 on Saturday but Friday's Twenty20 did go ahead. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
WASHOUT: There was no chance of play at No. 1 on Saturday but Friday's Twenty20 did go ahead. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The Dubbo and District Cricket Association tried its best to get matches to go ahead on Saturday but an afternoon downpour made the decision to call it off a simple on for president Jeff Shanks.

Friday night’s McDonald’s Megahit match went ahead but that was the only cricket played in the city on the weekend as all junior and senior cricket on Saturday was washed out.

More than 20mm fell in Dubbo on Saturday but there was plenty of precipitation elsewhere as well, with Cowra’s Western Zone Premier League match against Bathurst also abandoned before a ball was bowled.

At No. 1 Oval on Friday night, the Rugby Liberty OneSteelers made the most of their chance and downed the Amaroo Hotel Tigers by 18 runs.

A 61-run partnership between James O’Brien and Nathan Munro highlighted the win, the pair both going on to make half centuries and help the OneSteelers post 4/156 from their 20 overs.

O’Brien then capped off a fine all-round game when taking 3/32 from his four overs.

The Tigers, who appeared a chance at 3/82 in the 11th over, were bowled out for 138.

Batting first, Rugby lost Ben Wheeler on the second ball while Ben Patterson (20) departed in the fifth over.

Munro and O’Brien then came together and were at the crease for the next 10 overs.

Both mixed finesse and smart running with booming shots, O’Brien hitting three fours and two sixes in his knock, before Munro (53) fell to Tom Barber shortly after making 50.

O’Brien went on to make 51 not out while Bailey Edmunds (2/27) was the best with the ball.

The Tigers’ run chase began in fine fashion as two of Dan Holland’s first three scoring shots were sixes but he departed soon after for 14.

Kale Bock made 27 and then Dan French (35) kept things ticking over but he was part of an O’Brien-enforced collapse which signalled the end of the Tigers’ hopes.

The Tigers lost 4/12 at one stage and while Matt Hull made a late 27 it wasn’t enough for his team.

The Amaroo Hotel team is now winless after two games.