Cricketers continue dominance in Sweeney Cup

Boorowa continued their dominance in the Sweeney Cup with the Gators and the Crocs scoring convincing wins that now has the local sides sitting first and second in the nine team completion. 

If they can maintain their positions at the top of the ladder a major semi-final clash may be looming in three weeks’ time.

However there is plenty of water to flow under the bridge between now and then with two competition games to be played including the local derby in the last round.

The Gators overcame a plucky Binalong outfit in the top of the table clash winning by four wickets.

Binalong batted first and after 20 overs the game was evenly poised with the visitors at 2/71.

The second twenty overs saw Binalong up the tempo, but a steady flow of wickets throughout the innings saw them restricted to a competitive 9/174.

Mick Canellis was the chief destroyer with 3/15 while Russell George took 2/23 and Mick Elkins 2/42.

Chris McIntosh and Shane Cross took one wicket a piece.

In reply the Gators began very slowly reaching just 0/18 in the first eleven overs.

By the 20th over they were 2/56 and still a long way from home.

Mick Elkins began to up the ante as the run rate required climbed to 6 an over. 

Mick played a classy inning to finish on 83 not out as Boorowa reached the target in the 39th over.

Mick was well supported by the in form Simon Pye who made 35.

It was an impressive win and a physiological one as these two teams will cross paths at some stage in the business end of the season.

Meanwhile the Crocs had their hands full against the Bookham Bulls.

The Crocs won the toss and batted first posting a healthy 9/267 off 40 overs.

A fourth wicket partnership of 134 between Jye Paterson and Byron Campbell went a long way to setting up the huge score on a lightning fast field.

Jye was out for a sparkling 118 whilst Byron Campbell played a supporting role in compiling 43.

In reply, Bookham always looked as though they may fall just short but it was a brave run chase none the less.

At 5/173 with 10 overs left they adopted some lusty hitting that had the Boorowa Brains trust a little nervous. 

However some tight bowling in the later stages saw the home side fall short after 40 overs at 7/233.

James Green picked up 2/46 for Boorowa whilst Nick Dwyer, Chris Dwyer, Alex Blomfield, Jye Paterson and Jacob Piper took one wicket each.

The penultimate round is another cracker.

The Gators take on Dalton at Dalton in what will be a tricky encounter.

The Gators can seal top spot with a win whilst the Dingoes must win to keep any mathematical chance of a top four spot alive.

The Gators escaped with a narrow victory last time but do have a much stronger line up for this encounter.

Meanwhile the Crocs are desperate to hang onto second spot and the double chance when they host Harden at Home.

Harden are also battling for a top four birth and can’t afford a loss.

These two sides haven’t clashed yet due to wash outs but there won’t be much in it.

The Crocs have relied on their bowling strength all season and Saturday will be no different.

The action at the recreation ground starts at 12.30. See you there.