Bowlers frenzy for Mudgee cricket second tier

The opening match of the weekend for the second division saw bowlers on a spree against the batsman, as the highest individual tally between both teams was 24.

The Ori Bulls came up against Paragon Hotel in the pointy end of the season, with Paragon first up to the bat.

Nathan King and Will Browne combined for just 15 before they were both caught out by Pierson Sibley, and Greg Reid managed just 10 as the best of the innings for Paragon.

Four wickets from Pierson Sibley – and two more catches for him to give Oscar Mahon and Timothy Rava wickets to their names – slowed the innings by a considerable amount in his impressive 2.3 overs.

While Connor Whale and Callan Double both downed two more in the innings off 8 combined overs, they allowed just 8 runs between them in the low-scoring game.

In the end, Paragon set just 44 runs under fire by the Ori bowlers, and looked to have a difficult defence of their tally.

Nathan King managed to keep his economy low and his wicket count high as he slowed the Ori Bulls in similar fashion, with three maidens and three wickets in his five overs.

Grant Cookson and Greg Reid both managed two wickets apiece as well, but a late surge from Greg Lawson pushed the Bulls over the top and they finished their chase with 47 runs, and the victory.

Then it was on to Kelly’s Barbarians against Carpet Court, with the Barbarians starting off proceedings.

Amat Sutaria stood tall in the order for the opening team, notching a half century for himself and finishing not out, while his opening partner Graham Unicomb managed 28.

Michael Forrest was the best of the bowlers with 3/3 off just three overs, and Toby Forrest’s 2/18 and Justin McCarney’s 2/25 rounded out the top three.

The run chase from Carpet Court was successful, as they cleared the count by a run and took the points with 6 wickets in hand.

Their answering half century came from Cody Lawson, while Lachlan Rayner and Mitch Sandry added 35 and 30 runs respectively.

Dan Akers’ 1/25 off five overs with a single maiden was the best of the bowling for the Barbarians.