Four crucial run-outs ultimately cost Mitchell against Macquarie Valley on Sunday, as the visitors won by four wickets at Sir Jack Brabham Park in Western Zone Inter Council under 14s.
Four of the opening five batsmen – Fergus Fergusson, Hamish Siegert, Declan Fawkner and Cody Hall – were all run-out, as Mitchell posted a score of 149 runs which Macquarie chased down in 36 overs.
Mitchell coach Clint Bryant said the run-outs proved costly.
“We started off a bit slowish, batted first and set up a score of 149,” he said.
“We had four run-outs, which wasn’t helpful.
“Both openers were run-out but we started to rebuild with Cooper [Brien] and Declan.”
Mudgee-based cricketer Oscar Mahon was the standout batsman for Mitchell, scoring a total of 43 runs while coming in at number six.
Brien (29 runs) and Fergusson (15 runs) were the second and third-best tallies respectively.
Macquarie started their innings strongly.
“They got off to flyer,” Bryant said.
“We were bowling wide and tight and by the time we starting bowling better, it was too late.
“Tom Lynch bowled well. He took three wickets.”
Macquarie’s win comes only a week after they last at home, in Dubbo, to Mitchell.
Mitchell will have the bye this weekend, while Macquarie will play Lachlan in Dubbo.
Mitchell’s next game is not until November 12, when they will play Lachlan at Cowra’s Oliver Oval in round four action.