Goolma has flipped the script on the 2016-17 Gulgong District Cricket Association grand final with a comprehensive 56-run win over Bowlers.
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Tom Doherty (22) opened impressively, before Ashley Honeysett (26) added to his monster stat sheet.
With three wickets gone, Peter Doherty stepped to the crease and would outlast the rest of his batting order, hitting a four and scoring a team-best 27 runs.
After struggling early, Shaun and David Lumsden cleaned up the back-half of the Goolma lineup as they ended with seven wickets between them.
It looked over before it began for Bowlers as they were quickly in a 5-25 hole after some lights out bowling from Ashley Honeysett who ended with five wickets.
David Lumsden (20) helped stop the bleeding for Bowlers but it was too little too late as the reigning premiers ended with just two batsmen scoring double digits.
This puts Goolma in second place on the ladder and sends the defending champs to fifth position.
In the league’s other match, Gulgong RSL moved to third place on the ladder as they chased down Coolah, collecting a four-wicket victory.
It looked like it would be a slow day for Coolah’s attack as Greg Parish and Jared Clulow combined for four early wickets.
John Esdaile (63) was the eighth man to have a bat for Coolah as he hit 12 fours, giving his side a much needed half century.
Brett Murrell (23) and Logan Pike (15) also helped production, giving their squad a sizable total.
In the second inning, Gulgong RSL’s first four batsmen combined for 23 boundaries and 140 runs, making a victory almost inevitable. Among the run scorers were Mick Camilleri who led his team with 49 and David Lane (34) who hit six fours. RSL lost just six wickets and took thirty overs to seal the deal.
Despite losing, Coolah remains atop the ladder ahead of a round six match against Bowlers next weekend. Gulgong RSL has the bye.
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