West­ern Zone rook­ies cool as in the heat of bat­tle!

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GE­OFF MANN

YOUNG all-rounder Henry Railz is de­vel­op­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for his ma­tu­rity in pres­sure sit­u­a­tions.

Af­ter rep­re­sent­ing NSW schools at the Un­der 15s Cham­pi­onships with dis­tinc­tion, the South Dubbo bats­man im­pressed se­nior play­ers and se­lec­tors at the week­end. Af­ter West­ern Zone won their first match eas­ily, Henry was thrown into a door-die ef­fort against North Coast on day 2.

Henry was handed the task of set­tling the in­nings when all around him were fall­ing. He was joined at 8-72 by Rsl-colts English leg-spin­ner Dar­rel Williams need­ing 33 more for a win. Henry was un­flus­tered, find­ing the bound­ary a cou­ple of times and run­ning fu­ri­ously be­tween wick­ets as the pair scram­bled a fa­mous 2-wicket win.

Henry was 33 not out, Williams 22 not out fol­low­ing a five-wicket haul ear­lier in the day. Both backed up against New­cas­tle in the vir­tual fi­nal on Sun­day – Williams show­ing his ver­sa­til­ity with a top score of 37 open­ing the in­nings, while Henry again car­ried his bat with 22 against the peren­nial Coun­try Cricket gi­ants.

West­ern Zone splits into two next week­end (Novem­ber 18-19) in Or­ange when the Cen­tral West Wran­glers go head to head with de­fend­ing T20 Big Bash Coun­try Cham­pi­ons, the Orana Out­laws.

That match should draw a bumper crowd for the night match at Wade Park while ACT Aces and the South Coast Crew will join them for a round-robin se­ries on the Satur­day.

In a blow to both West­ern and the Out­laws, wicket-keeper-bats­man Jor­dan Mo­ran has a bro­ken thumb and is in doubt for the pre-christ­mas matches.

ABOVE: West­ern Zone 2017/18. Back. Ian Strud­wick

(Coach), Will Lind­say, Matt Stephen, Henry Railz, Jack­son Coote, Ben Pat­ter­son, Greg Ni­cholls (Mgr), front, Dar­rel Williams, Mitch Bower, Greg Buck­ley, Jor­dan Mo­ran (c), Marty Jef­frey, Ryan Pea­cock, Jor­dan Pea­cock. Pho­tos: cour­tesy Greg Ni­cholls, West­ern Zone

RIGHT: The rookie and the Pom! Dubbo teenager Henry Railz and English County player Dar­rel Williams (inset) came to­gether with West­ern in all sorts of trou­ble at 8/72 need­ing an­other 32 runs to de­feat North Coast. Henry fin­ished un­beaten on 33, Dar­rel on 23 and the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons recorded an ex­tra­or­di­nary two-wicket win!

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