A SOLID team bowling performance and handy lower order runs proved enough for reigning premiers Rawdon Vale to claim a 72-run victory over the Top Pub Cavaliers in Gloucester district cricket on Saturday.
A quick-fire 49 from Jamie Andrews was the foundation of the Rawdon Vale innings after Rob Laurie (23) and Rod Maggs (18) had given the side a solid start.
Late contributions from Nick Clarke (25) and Brodie O’Brien (19 not out) saw the side to 191 from the allotted 40 overs.
It was tough going for the Cavs bowlers with a double strike by skipper Mathew Higgins in his third over one of few highlights.
Higgins finished with 2-36 from his seven-over stint while Ethan Hamilton bowled a tidy seven-over spell to finish with 1-27.
In response Cavs never looked in the contest as a lone hand by opener Simon Hitchcock ultimately proved futile.
Hitchcock crafted a classy 61 at the top of the order but received little support from his team mates with Reece Bowden’s 13 the only other double figure score in a total of 119.
In Saturday’s other game Colts defeated an undermanned Mount George by 60 runs.
Bradley Woodbine top scored for Colts with 66 while Dave Rushforth nabbed five wickets for Mount George.
- A RAPID-fire 38 from Ryan Yates has helped the Gloucester under 16s to a win in their opening game of the Manning Junior Cricket Association competition.
In a shortened match Taree West were sent into bat on number one oval after the toss went in favour of the home side.
Early wickets to Brodie O’Brien and James Yates unsettled the visitors and despite a blazing 42 from skipper Michael Blanch the side could only manage 87 for the loss of five wickets.
Gloucester found the batting conditions more to their liking with Yates finding strong support from O’Brien (11) and Coen Durbidge (15) at the top of the order, the home side dashing to victory for the loss of just four wickets in the 16th over.