Massive collapse proves costly as Mitchell falls short in opening round

HOWZAT: Mitchell wicketkeeper Dan Hunter, from Kinross, appeals for a run-out in Sunday's loss to Macquarie. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY
HOWZAT: Mitchell wicketkeeper Dan Hunter, from Kinross, appeals for a run-out in Sunday's loss to Macquarie. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY

Mitchell Cricket Council suffered its first Western Zone Inter-Council under 12s loss in almost two years at Orange’s Jack Brabham Park on Sunday afternoon, losing its summer-opening clash to Macquarie after a massive batting collapse.

Mitchell was good in the field, restricting Macquarie to 129 after sending the visitors in.

The Black Caps were sitting pretty at 1-75 in the chase too, before disaster struck.

Mitchell promptly lost 9-40 to fall 14 short of victory at 115, 38 of which were extras.

Macquarie actually did an excellent job to work its way to 129 as well, the maroons slumped to 2-6 after Lochlan George (0) and Jack Fuller (2) were dismissed early.

Skipper Charlie Tink (40), Fletcher Hyde (20) and Dugald Shepherd (22) pitched in to right the side’s course though.

Mitchell fought back late again, producing excellent run outs to claim Macquarie’s last three wickets and keep the visitors to 129.

Rueben Newton (2-3) and Ned McCarney (2-16) were Mitchell’s best with the ball.

Orange City’s Gus Cornish (40) and Blue Mountains’ Tom Seldon (19) kicked the chase off well after Reuben Newton (0) was bowled early, pushing Mitchell to 1-75 before the latter was dismissed.

After that, only Blayde Burke (8 not out) made more than five.