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DOGS REMAIN UNDEFEATED FOLLOWING ALMA OVAL THRILLER

North Broken Hill Cricket Club

NORTH 5-101 (Wilson 29, Howard 19*, Hack 19) defeated WEST 8-92 (Tidball 4/8, Maalste 2/17, Howard 1/7) by 9 runs.

The dazzling lights of Alma Oval set the stage for the Bulldog’s round 3 T20 clash against the reigning premiers, West Broken Hill. The game, a Grand Final rematch, promised an all-star showdown.

During the day’s scorching heat, Captain Tobias Hack won the toss, opting to bat first alongside Luke Hall. West struck early, however, as Lawrence Hebbard dismissed Hall with the match’s first ball. Hall, caught off-guard by a swinging delivery, was ruled out LBW.

The Bulldogs’ stalwarts, Jurd and Hack, teamed up next. Jurd, batting at number three, contributed a brisk 15 off 16 balls, striking across the Alma Oval, before being caught off Peter Christos’ bowling.

In a crucial phase for the Bulldogs, Austin Wilson partnered with Hack, turning the match in North’s favour through a game-changing partnership. Wilson’s 29 from 41 deliveries, marked by excellent striking and running, was a highlight, though Hebbard eventually bowled him out.

After the drinks break, Hack fell to Jordan Meehan for 19 runs. Coach Codie Howard then joined Wilson, maintaining the momentum. Howard finished with a powerful 19 not out, supported by Anthony Tidball’s 2 not out, leading North to a final score of 5/101 – a modest but respectable total given the tricky wicket conditions.

West’s innings began positively, despite Chase Johnson’s inconsistent early bowling. Michael Maalste countered with a fiery spell, claiming 2/17 from four overs, including the wickets of Rodney Dance and Paddric Attard, both for ducks. Howard, with a 1/7 spell, added Ben McInerney’s wicket to his tally.

Anthony Tidball’s off-spin proved decisive, claiming 4/8. His victims included Lachie Kaye, Captain Mackenzie Attard, Peter Christos, and Jordan Meehan. Tidball’s economical and probing bowling was a significant setback for West.

L Hebbard’s 21 off 21 deliveries rekindled West’s hopes, needing 16 in the final over. However, Chase Johnson, bowling the last over, dismissed Hebbard, sealing a 9-run victory for North, who remain undefeated this season.

Join us next week at Alma Oval, as the Bulldogs face Central, looking to extend their winning streak.

CAIN HAT-TRICK SECURES 10-WICKET WIN IN SOUTH DECIMATION

North 0/16 (S. Staker 10,* J. Muscat 2*) defeat South 15 (Cain 5/5, Bomford 2/2) by 10 wickets.

A sun-drenched Zinc Oval played host to a resounding victory for North B Grade on Sunday.

South won the toss and elected to bat, with the man of the hour, Jaxon Cain, taking the new ball. Cain continued his run of stellar form, taking a wicket with the first ball of the match, thanks to a very impressive catch by Tom Aylet, leaving South reeling at 1-0.

Cain, clearly not satisfied with just one hat-trick for the year, remarkably took a further three wickets in the over, claiming his second hat-trick in three weeks. Cain finished with figures of 5-5 in what has been an unbelievable run of form of late.

Wickets continued to fall at the other end, with Riley Bomford, handed the new ball by captain Kieren McEvoy, taking 2-2 from his three overs.

A Dylan Milsteed run out capped off a remarkable fielding effort from the Bulldogs, with South all out for a paltry 15 runs.

In what was a stark juxtaposition between young and old, Shayne Staker opened the innings alongside debutant Jacob Muscat. Muscat must be credited for his commanding performance with the bat, swiftly securing his first runs for the club.

Staker, up the other end, wasted little time, scoring a quick 10 runs to win the match in the fourth over, securing a 10-wicket victory and capping off a remarkable day for the club.

Join us as North takes on the Warriors next week at the Zinc Oval.

10 WICKET WIN WITH ONLY 10 PLAYERS

North 0/61 (S.Balman 31*, J.Smith 12*, L.Wilson 0/5) Defeated West 5/57 (S.Knott 13, H.Borchard 4, Extras 38, S.Milne 2/11) by 10 wickets.

On our first Sunday morning game of the season at the Norm Fox pitch, some additional players donned the Blue and White to bolster the team. The coin toss was skipped as West awaited players, with North agreeably fielding first to accommodate the latecomers.

Spinners Boxsell and Balman initiated play with several nice overs. Smith, upon taking the ball, claimed the first wicket, complemented by Camilleri’s catch behind. While the team celebrated and the batter retreated, Camilleri belatedly realised the ball had nicked the bat’s edge.

After a 15-over tenure at the crease, Knott and Borchard retired hurt. Subsequent batters didn’t fare well for the Robins, as Kerridge achieved a run-out, Balman took a wicket, and Milne claimed two.

West concluded their 20 overs at 5/57. Balman and Smith led the batting, demonstrating strategic defense and seizing single-run opportunities. In the third over, Balman escalated the offense with powerful shots, well-supported by Smith. North reached their target in nine overs.

Special thanks to Emma Kerridge, Grace Block, and Jayda Pearce for their invaluable participation. Our next encounter is against Central at Jubilee Oval on Friday.

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