With round 17 in our wake, Goolma still sits on the iron throne of Gulgong cricket after an eight run win over Gulgong RSL.
Goolma won the toss and went out to bat first, putting together a rather underwhelming 129 runs in 29 overs.
Although the total wasn’t anything to write home about, Goolma found consistency with its batsmen as a lot of players made runs in the mid-late teens, slowly working the total to a defendable mark.
Jason Warner (19) opened with a couple of fours before being dismissed by Greg Parish (4/37) who was a man on a mission for Gulgong RSL in the first innings.
When Mick Jarvis (3/28) got his first of three wickets, Goolma was 2-23 and knew a turn around was needed – and that’s exactly what they got.
Stuart Bromley (33) put together a team-best total and stuck it out until his side was 7-101 as he watched the likes of Damian Doherty (11) and Ashley Honeysett (16) fall.
Gulgong RSL’s bowling was actually exceptional – conceding just 129 runs against the best team in the comp.
However, it didn’t do enough with the bat after lunch.
Mark Hundy (10) was dismissed by Ashley Honeysett (3/46) early in the fray, before Geoff Lee (0) followed suit, leaving the chase in tatters at 2-15.
Cal Rumming (40) gave the RSL boys what they needed as his knock kept them in the hunt.
When Rumming was sent packing by Peter Doherty (3/12) at 5-81, Gulgong RSL still had a red hot chance to get the W.
It wasn’t long though until Goolma bowlers got their games faces on as they cut through the batsmen left, right and centre.
Peter Doherty and Jason Warner (2/18) were exceptional towards the end of the match, taking all four of the final RSL scalps, sealing victory in over 32.