Rain marred the opening day of the Western NSW Junior Cricket Carnivals on Monday, with storms opening up over the city in the middle of the afternoon, leaving games in limbo.
Many of the nine games had extended lunch breaks as the rain came down, with seven games still unconfirmed on Monday evening.
The Dubbo 13s were unlucky to suffer back-to-back defeats in the opening rounds, losing by five wickets at the hands of Inner West Harbour on Monday before an eight-wicket loss to Blacktown Black on Tuesday.
But the games were still punctuated by some stellar performances from across the Dubbo ranks.
Dubbo won the toss on Monday and opted to bat, with the maturity of several batters coming to the fore as they spent a lot of time at the crease.
Fletcher Hyde set the example scoring just 17 runs as he faced 56 balls in 58 minutes, before Inner West’s Gregor Aitchison got the better of him.
Bailey O’Connor (10 runs from 39 balls), Josh Townsend (16 from 66) and Caiden Ah See (37 from 67) all spent an hour or more at the crease, proving their patience in the face of an unyielding bowling attack.
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Finishing at 9-111, the Dubbo side was then able to tie their opponents down, the fastest scorer Matthew Plunkett managing just 0.54 runs per ball.
O’Connor (1-3 from two overs), Affan Sagri (1-6 from four), Jack Strawns (1-9 from three) and Townsend (1-10 from three) all claimed wickets but it wasn’t enough and Inner West reached 115 with overs and wickets to spare.
Dubbo won the toss again on Tuesday with Townsend (38) the pick of the batters as the duties were shared around.
They set Blacktown a target of 77.
Dugald Shepherd (1-11) and Tyson Deebank (1-22) starred with the ball, but as Liam Newman slogged 48 from just 43 balls Blacktown surged to 78 with eight wickets in hand.
Those results will see Dubbo take on Penrith in Wednesday’s third round, after the latter got the better of Mitchell on Tuesday.
South Eastern proved too strong for Orange in Monday’s opener at, running out seven wicket winners and taking only 13.4 overs to chase down their target of 83.
Jordan Segal and Dylan Melvey combined for over half of South Eastern’s final score of 3-87, with the former hitting 24 off 18 deliveries and the latter 25 off 23.
Darcy Kelly was the pick of the Orange bowlers, taking 2-8 off three overs.
Jamie Pavey and Oliver Patterson set up South Eastern’s win with the ball in hand, taking three wickets apiece, while Melvey chipped in with two wickets as only three Orange batters – Tom Middleton (18), Ollie Brincat (14) and wicketkeeper Dan Ritchie (11) could reach double-digits.
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