A week after Gulgong finally took out the Australia Day game against Mudgee, the Gulgong Cricket Association matches returned.
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The first game of the weekend was held at Billy Dunn Oval 1, with Gulgong RSL against Coolah.
It was runs galore for RSL after they won the toss and opened proceedings, with Coolah’s bowlers unable to knock out the starting combo.
Mark Hundy was eventually sent for an LBW but netted 69 runs before heading off, and that combined with Cal Ruming for a triple-digit start – when the first wicket fell RSL were already on 103.
When he was finally downed Ruming left with 112 – a fantastic century.
Steve Gilbert did manage to take five wickets in the game in the face of 48 runs allowed, and Sam Wesley also netted a hat-trick in the bowling.
It was still a massive count to chase down for Coolah, with the final runs set at 262.
Mick Jarvis and Jared Clulow made sure that Coolah couldn’t find their feet with triples, with Jarvis also stifling the run chase with three maiden overs, but it was Nathan Lane who came out on top.
Allowing just 19 runs in 3.4 overs, and downing 4 of Coolah’s players, he made short work of the order as RSL recorded the win by 149 runs.
The second match, held in Goolma, had the Bowlers travelling to take on the home side.
A slow start for Goolma, made difficult by two early wickets from Amit Sutaria, was steadied as Thomas Cooney came into bat and recorded 86, falling just short of his century.
With Sutaria eventually downing Cooney to put up his hat-trick off 8.1 overs, the Bowlers came in to bat and chase down 148 runs.
It wasn’t to be however, as no one found their feet, with David Lumsden’s 48 the highest haul for the team.
Both Ashley and Brad Honeysett downed three players for Goolma to hold back the chase, and the Bowlers eventually were all out for 122, too short to claim victory.
Gulgong DCA 2016/17, Round 17; Sunday, Feb 5, 2017.
Goolma v Gulgong RSL, Goolma; Coolah v Centennial, Coolah; Bowlers - BYE
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