After a Christmas break, it was back into the Gulgong Cricket, complete with pink wickets for Jane McGrath day.
Continuing the T20 rounds from before the New Year, Round 13 opened with Gulgong RSL playing against the Bowlers in the morning, with RSL batting first.
The first innings looking shaky as Callum Rumming was out 8 runs in, but Mark Hundy and Jared Clulow combined for 78 runs between them, and Nathan and David Lane then followed up with 117 of their own to set 213 in 20 overs.
The Bowlers were staring down a massive run chase, a mountain that they failed to climb, though not through lack of trying.
Nathan Lane tore apart their attempts however, taking 6 wickets off 3.4 overs, and Mark Gorrie’s 32 runs was the best of the lot that fell 64 short of Gulgong’s tally.
The next game of the day came a little closer, with Coolah batting first at Billy Dunn Oval for the final game of Round 13.
John Esdaile was the star of the order, coming in at 5th to notch 79 before he was bowled by Tom James, and Darren Payne’s hat trick in four overs kept Coolah to 151.
Tim Papworth took 38 runs in Centennial’s innings, with Alan Seis (30) and Cody Lawson (28) adding to the eventual tally of 154, enough to chase down the Bowlers and take the win against the top side.
Esdaile shone again in bowling, taking 2/31, with Schneider’s 2/39 the next best.
Goolma was first up in the second half of the day for Round 14, coming off their bye to play Coolah, taking the win against the tired side.
Brian Riley batted for 41 in Coolah’s innings, and Steven Bell added 21 to the count, but the total of 88 all up looked easy to run down, especially after William Redfern’s 3/4 in 3 overs slowed the side.
Andus Honeysett and Damian Doherty got 66 between them, and Goolma were able to win with 9 overs in hand in the match.
The final game was between Centennial and Bowlers, and Bowlers made up for their failed run chase as they set 193 off the back of Blake Gorrie’s 78.
Centennial struggle to keep up in 20 overs, with Lawson almost made a half-ton with 48, but Bowler’s were able to cut them short with 2/5 from Jamie Herbert and 2/7 from Greg Reid.
Gulgong District Cricket 2016/17, Rd 15; Sun, Jan 15, 2017.
Centennial v Gulgong RSL, Victoria Park Gulgong; Coolah v Bowlers, Coolah; Goolma – BYE