Weather makes it tough for Blues' finals run

MACQUARIE'S hopes of making the Pinnington Cup finals are all but over after weather intervened in their two-day clash with Newtown on Saturday.

After scoring 250 on day one the Blues had Newtown 5-139 after 50 overs of the second day before a decision was made that the playing conditions were too dangerous to continue at Lady Cutler 4.

At the time, Brayden McGee (10no) and Don Skinner (9no) were at the crease.

The drawn result leaves Newtown in with a chance of making the finals, depending on the result of their clash with RSL-Colts over the next two Saturdays while Macquarie will require an outright win over Rugby and other results to go their way.

Joe Haylock was the pick of Macquarie's bowlers, finishing with 3-28 off 16 overs whil Dave Lindenbaur's 31 was top score for Newtown.

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Rugby remains on top of the second grade ladder after posting a 77-run win over fellow finals aspirant Souths at Lady Cutler 2.

Chasing Rugby's first innings total of 182, Souths started day two on 2-20 but were undone by good bowling in conditions which definitely suited those that could move the ball around.

Jeff Shanks provided the only resistance for Souths, making 57 out of Souths total of 105.

The only other Hornet to reach double figures was Justin Knudsen, who made 10.

Jason Coyle was the chief destroyer for Rugby, finishing with 3-9 from 3.3 overs while Dave Hey and Bart Goodman each bagged two wickets.

Rugby went in and batted a second time in the hunt for bonus points, finishing 4-83 with Brett Paul making an unbeaten 50.

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RSL-Colts made the most of the damp conditions on Saturday, taking first innings points in their clash with CYMS before adding some valuable bonus points late on day two of their match at Lady Cutler 3.

After restricting the Cougars to 134 on day one, Colts started day two on 1-38 and despite losing Jakke Gardiner, Michael Ying Sing, Graeme Morton and Sean Mason along the way, some lofty hitting by Mick Davis helped them over the line.

Morton top scored with 27 as Colts reached 6-142 before the side declared.

The move worked as they gained 1.5 bonus points after having CYMS 5-66 when stumps was called.

The win ensures Colts of a finals spot as they currently sit second with one round remaining.


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