Millthorpe hosted Country in the battle for 4th spot with the finals looming.
The hosts batted first. Opener Dave Crombie continued his good form the previous week scoring 26 getting Millthorpe off to a solid start. Millthorpe lost a couple of wickets to be 3 for 30.
However a solid partnership of 104 between Captain Will Oldham and Pete Heller established a good total for Millthorpe to defend 5 for 173 at the conclusion of their innings.
Good to see Oldham return to form with a great knock of 67no. Pete Heller batted very well scoring 57. No need for Pete to smash the stumps with his bat this match.
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Damien Hayes the pick of the Country bowlers with 3 for 30 and Sean Clayton 1 for 42.
In reply Country chased down the target in the 36th over. Veteran Joe Clayton the star scoring 59 supported by Nigel Brazier 47 and the ever consistent Andrew Heath with 39.
Pat Tree 2 for 22 as usual Millthorpe's best.
Good win to Country who consolidate 4th position with only three rounds remaining. Millthorpe would be disappointed after posting a solid total but now probably need to win all remaining matches and hope other results go their way to make the finals.
CUDAL VS LYNDHURST
The Cobras hosted Lyndhurst at Dean Park. Cudal batted first as you do when you win the toss on synthetic.
Opener Kevin Costa played a steady innings however the top order fell cheaply around him and Cudal were on the ropes at 5 for 68. Costa held on to score a handy 20 and fortunately for the home side Luke Wood came to the rescue hitting a brilliant 84 taking Cudal from mediocrity to a solid total. Cudal 7 for 189 at the end of their innings.
R Kelly the best Lyndhurst bowler taking 4 for 31, supported by the return of Thep Brown with 2 for 44. Ash Clark as usual nips in and takes a wicket and he's done for the day took 1 for 19.
In reply Lyndhurst's top order batted well giving the visitor's a real chance of an upset. Elliot Redwin 18, Tom O'Malley 50 and A Ryan 28 laid the platform. However after they were dismissed the middle / lower order couldn't keep up with the required run rate and Lyndhurst fell 40 runs short at the end if their innings still with 2 wickets in hand.
Lee Cornish took 3 for 37 and C Strahorn 2 for 18 the standout bowlers for Cudal.
The win puts Cudal back into second position thanks to the virus riddled Magpies match against Canowindra being cancelled, thwarting Canowindra of a chance to win.
Lyndhurst as always competitive, but just can't get over the line.
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