Rain chal­lenges crick­eters in Whit­ney Cup

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - MEL POCK­NALL GE­OFF MANN

CYMS and Souths were washed out, New­town up­set pre­miers Rsl-colts and Mac­quarie de­fied the con­di­tions to plun­der 355 against Rugby. That was the story on Satur­day when the el­e­ments con­spired but did not de­stroy the favourite sum­mer sport.

While the Cougars and Hor­nets headed for Derby Day as their wick­ets were deemed un­playable, the other four sides bat­tled it out.

Mac­quarie’s run ma­chine top-or­der kept purring along with skip­per Ed Hay­lock smash­ing a ca­reer best 158 and Ricky Med­way con­tribut­ing 115 in a for­mi­da­ble first in­nings. Their cen­turies add to the ton by Dan Med­way in Round 1.

Wayne Dun­lop’s re­turn to form at the top of the New­town or­der was rea­son for smiles on faces. He hit 71 to steer the ‘town to vic­tory against an Rsl-colts team de­pleted by rep­re­sen­ta­tive com­mit­ments.

With night cricket Big Bash cricket re­sum­ing last Fri­day night, and more one-day matches ahead, the cricket sea­son is cer­tainly well into stride.

Ju­niors and girls com­pe­ti­tions are played dur­ing the week and on Satur­day morn­ings. It is a sight to have Cricket NSW De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Matt El­lis jump­ing with joy! Mac­quarie bowler Waseem Khan is mak­ing his mark in a well-per­form­ing Whit­ney Cup team. Af­ter split­ting his time be­tween sec­ond and first grades over the past few years, the leg-spin­ner is prov­ing a qual­ity ad­di­tion to the Blues at­tack. Mac­quarie’s Ricky Med­way has shown he is a true all-rounder this sea­son. The hard-hit­ting up­per-or­der bats­man scored 115 in a mam­moth to­tal of 355 from 45 overs in Satur­day’s weather-af­fected Whit­ney Cup clash. He shared a 217-run part­ner­ship with stand-in cap­tain Ed Hay­lock (158) be­fore tak­ing a catch be­hind the stumps and 3 for 36 with his “slowies” to en­sure a 160 run win. Wayne Dun­lop mas­tered the wet wicket in an­other classy per­for­mance for New­town. The cov­ers were kept close all af­ter­noon as wet and windy con­di­tions per­sisted through­out the day at No.2 Oval

Um­pire Noel Phoebe is a pic­ture of con­cen­tra­tion Kale Bock (28) pulls dur­ing a crit­i­cal part­ner­ship with Wayne Dun­lop (71) to guide New­town to a win against RSL Colts. Death rat­tle! New­town bats­man Dan Hol­land leaves the scene, clean bowled by Colts young­ster, Tom Atlee

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