Mid­dle Stumpers too strong for Bushies

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By MARK RITCHIE

FOR the se­cond week in a row, the un­der 12 crick­eters had some hot con­di­tions to put up with for their Satur­day morn­ing fix­ture at the Mans­field Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

Bat­ting first, the Bushranger­s opened up with Is­sac Mur­ray and Zac Tan­ner, how­ever, this part­ner­ship was short lived with Max Scott clean bowl­ing Tan­ner in his first over.

This brought Judd Stower to the crease and saw a pe­riod of con­sol­i­da­tion, with some lusty hit­ting from Mur­ray.

Finn Pater­son was keep­ing it tight from one end and then Archie Storer was brought into the at­tack with im­me­di­ate effect, tak­ing two wick­ets for two runs from his two overs.

Nick Scales hit some handy runs com­bin­ing well with Nathan Buchanan to keep the scoreboard tick­ing over and with some clean hit­ting from Luke Ber­ri­man and the re­turn­ing Nick Scales the Bushies fin­ished up with a to­tal of 57 from their 20 overs.

Full marks to the Stumpers bowlers, who kept it tight all day, with Lachie Ed­wards bowl­ing beau­ti­fully for two late wick­ets, in­clud­ing that of the dan­ger­ous Lachie Scales (catch of the day go­ing to Max Lange), and Colby Crox­ford-De­masi also chip­ping in with one.

The Stumpers then opened their bat­ting with Jake Berry and Finn Pater­son, with the early wicket of Berry fall­ing in Lachie Scales’ first over.

Max Scott then com­bined well with Pater­son to put on 19 runs for the se­cond wicket, with both re­tir­ing on 10 and 11 re­spec­tively.

Cruis­ing to­wards the tar­get the Stumpers then de­cided to make the game in­ter­est­ing with what can only be de­scribed as some sui­cide run­ning be­tween the wick­ets, with the next six wick­ets be­ing run outs.

With some great bat­ting from Max Lange and Nick Wat­son the Stumpers cruised to vic­tory with an over to spare.

Full marks to the Bushies for some fan­tas­tic field­ing.

PHOTO: Peter Hunt

DON’T LOOK: Zac Tan­ner heard the crash as he was clean bowled by Max Scott in the un­der 12 cricket match at the week­end.

REINED IN: The win­ner of the Laurence Webb Ju­nior Poet at t he r ecent Moun­tain Cat­tle­men’s Get To­gether at Omeo was Brid­get Cal­la­han of Mans­field with the poem ‘Horses Run­ning Wild’.

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