Rugby no match for Macquarie as Dan Medway claims six scalps in RSL-Whitney Cup

Dan Medway.
Dan Medway.

A weekend-high six wicket haul from Dan Medway helped Macquarie upset Rugby in the Whitney Cup on Saturday.

Macquarie had piled on 9/228 in their first innings last weekend, and attacked with the ball to knock Rugby over for just 170.

“We bowled well, it was nice to get back in the winners circle – we hadn’t had a win for a while,” Medway said.

“We fielded well, we didn’t drop any catches.

“We’ve been guilty of that in a couple of the one-dayers, there was a couple where we dropped two or three catches a game, but we didn’t drop any yesterday which was probably good against Rugby.

ALL SMILES: The Blues celebrate after Luke Carman takes the catch to dismiss Aidan Bennewith. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

ALL SMILES: The Blues celebrate after Luke Carman takes the catch to dismiss Aidan Bennewith. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

“They’ve got a good side, they play really good team cricket, everyone’s got a job. They’ve been a young side for a few years and they’re coming together well which is good for them but it was good to get a win over them.”

The Blues opening bowlers came out firing on Saturday and made short work of Rugby’s top order.

James Hughes and Angus Cusack claimed the scalps of Jacob Hill (2), Ben Wheeler (1) and James O’Brien (4).

Rugby looked threatening at times as Jordan Moran and Nathan Munro combined for 44, and then Bennewith and Munro put on 45.

But Medway broke both partnerships, bowling Moran (48) and seeing off Bennewith (22) before knocking over Munro (37) and Ben Taylor (0). He also caught and bowled Baye Wallace (12) and Zach Murphy (4).

I was lucky enough to get a few wickets, which was nice. I haven’t been flush with wickets this season so it was nice to contribute with the ball finally.

Dan Medway

“[Rugby] have got quite a few key wickets. Jordan Moran, he’s obviously a big one so while ever he was around they were a really good chance of getting on top of us,” Medway said.

“And Nathan Munro is really good at anchoring their innings, so he hangs around and they bat around him so while ever he was around they could have given it a shake so it was good to get those two out.

“I was lucky enough to get a few wickets, which was nice. I haven’t been flush with wickets this season so it was nice to contribute with the ball finally.

“I think we all bowled pretty well to be honest, we’ve used the five bowlers and our openers got off to a good start, they used the new ball well.”

He also credited Luke Carman and Jeremy Dickson’s bowling efforts.

The win brings the Blues within reach of the top three, with RSL Colts and Newtown sitting just behind competition leaders Rugby.

“It’s bloody close,” Medway said.

“I can’t recall a time when with two rounds to go there being any five teams could make up the top three so it’s good to see.

“We seem to do better in the two-dayers for some reason.

“We didn’t get as many runs as we would have liked but we did bat out our 75 overs and obviously to knock off the side that’s coming first was a bit of a confidence boost, so we know we can play well.”