Michael Dowell was a shining light in his side's loss to Bathurst on Sunday

SWINGIN': Michael Dowell (54) was a shining light in Mudgee's losing effort in Sunday's match at Victoria Park as he was effective as a bowler and batter. Photo: Jake Humphreys
SWINGIN': Michael Dowell (54) was a shining light in Mudgee's losing effort in Sunday's match at Victoria Park as he was effective as a bowler and batter. Photo: Jake Humphreys

Mudgee fell to Bathurst by 151 runs in Sunday’s opening match of the Mitchell Cricket Council under 19s competition at Victoria Park.

The visitors were justified in their decision to bat first as they put together a stellar 324.

Michael Dowell (2/33) kick-started what would be a huge day as he took a pair of wickets in the opening innings.

The hosts had a bat after lunch but didn’t have a lot to cheer about early on as they were 3/22 after Parker got out for a duck.

Michael Dowell (54) steadied the ship as he hit a handful of boundaries, forming a strong partnership with Mitch Sandry (35).

Mitchell (2/18) took back-to-back wickets for Bathurst, dismissing Dowell and Sandry.

Tim Suttor’s 29 not out knock provided Mudgee with a pulse throughout the afternoon, but the hosts weren't able to do enough to track down the total.

Senior cricket president Rob Dowell felt Bathurst’s experience played a big part in the outcome.

“The experience of the Bathurst line-up proved the difference,” Dowell said.

“Both sides must be praised as temperatures exceeded 40 degrees.”

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