Rain challenges cricketers in Whitney Cup
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