Mudgee's Plate campaign rolls on with win over Wellington

ALL-ROUND EFFORT: Steve Knight scored 64 with the bat and took 4/27 with the ball in Mudgee's Western Zone Plate win over Wellington. Photo: Simone Kurtz
ALL-ROUND EFFORT: Steve Knight scored 64 with the bat and took 4/27 with the ball in Mudgee's Western Zone Plate win over Wellington. Photo: Simone Kurtz

Mudgee has stormed into the Western Zone Plate semi-finals with a 67-run win over Wellington at Victoria Park on Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and sent Mudgee into bat.

Opener Donald Hearn was unable to repeat his top-scoring performance of the first round, dismissed for 16, which created the pairing of Michael Dowell and first-drop Steve Knight.

The partnership laid the foundation of the home side’s innings, putting 112 on the board before Dowell was caught for 56.

Knight would go onto to post 64 – the best of the Mudgee innings – also teaming with skipper Andrew Best to get the score to 193 when was sent back to the pavilion.

The captain was caught for 43 immediately after, before Hayden Cox and Tom Lawson (both 15), Brian O'Reilly (7 n.o) and Mark Bennie (4 n.o), steered the home side to a total of 235.

The Wellington bowlers took a hammering, with Cosier taking two scalps and Redfern one but coming at the expensive of 51 and 56 respectively from their 10 overs apiece.

Prince was strong for the visitors, getting the breakthrough wicket of Hearn, bowling a maiden, and conceding 31 runs from his full allocation of 10 overs.

Conley was the other wicket and finished with figures of 1/39 from his six overs and Headley took a tidy 0/16 from four overs with a maiden.

Lance Hearn sent both Wellington openers packing, Noonemacher (8) and Preston (47) the latter being the visitors’ best.

The Mudgee bowler then made it a triple when he dismissed Cosier for eight – he would bowl out his 10 overs for 44 runs.

Cox and Adam O’Connell ran out Connelly (18) and Prince (27), putting the visitors’ top order batsmen back in the sheds with the total at 136.

Knight would turn in a fine all-round performance, taking four wickets for 27 runs, off of just more than six overs as he finished off the Wellington innings.

They would slump to be all out for 168.

Best bowled 10 overs - one of which a maiden - for 36 runs; while Cody Lawson and O'Reilly took a maiden each, both from seven overs, for 36 and 23 runs respectively.

In the other Western Zone Plate second round matches; Blue Mountains scored a 27-run win over Bathurst Colts; and Forbes defeated Orange Colts.

The sides will now have break of several weeks before the semi finals, which are set down for Sunday, November 26.

The final will be played on Sunday, December 10.

Mudgee progressed to the second round of the comp with a win over the Dubbo Second side on October 15.

While Wellington eliminated Gulgong in the lead up to Sunday’s match.