Boorowa cricket teams still in finals hunt

Boorowa cricket teams still in finals hunt

The Crocs and the Gators local cricket teams both had crucial wins last Saturday to stay in contention for the play offs in their respective cricket competitions.

The Crocs began 2020 with a fine 42 run win over Bowning at the Boorowa Recreation ground whilst the Gators won away from home by 123 runs against the Yass Club House Horns.

Both wins were reversals of the first-round results.

The Crocs batted first against Bowning and got away to a great start through Matt Ackland and Matt Canellis who put on an opening stand of 68.

The locals lost two quick wickets, but at 2/80 after 20 overs they were in a good position to post a handy total.

Boorowa increased the tempo in the second stanza and were dismissed with just two balls of the innings left at 188.

Josh Carmody led the way for Boorowa with a rapid 58 whilst Matt Canellis made a stylish 41.

Matt Ackland 33 and Mark Poplin 20 made useful contributions.

In reply, Bowning were in all sorts of trouble early as Boorowa speedster Nick Dwyer removed both the openers to have the visitors at 2/5.

They recovered to reach 2/67 after 20 overs.

Bowning required six per over in the last twenty overs.

Apart from an innings of 87 by AJ Omara, Bowning just couldn't keep pace falling for 144.

Best of the Boorowa bowlers was Nick Dwyer who took 2/21 off eight very handy overs.

Other wicket takers were Josh Carmody 2/31, Brad Ackland 2/26, Jacob Carmody 1/25 and Alex Blomfield 1/2.

It was a good all-round team performance and with four games to go before the semifinals, the Crocs are well and truly in the semi final mix for the Trigg Shield, which is the holy grail of Yass cricket.

Meanwhile the Gators scored a convincing 123 run victory over the Clubhouse Horns away from home in Yass.

The win keeps them in touch with the semifinal contenders and the victory may be a season defining one.

After winning the toss and batting first, the Gators made a steady start losing both openers early before Russell George, Harvey Gay and Archie Gay steadied the ship to guide Boorowa to 4/144.

They lost a flurry of wickets in the pursuit of quick runs to be dismissed in the final over for exactly 200.

Top scorers for Boorowa were Russell George with 63 and Harvey Gay with 38 whilst James Farrell 15 and Stuart Gay with 22 not out playing useful cameo roles at the back end of the innings.

In reply, the Clubhouse Horns took an aggressive approach, however it cost them dearly losing wickets at regular intervals.

Boorowa's opening bowlers Stuart Gay and Russell George were both in good form taking five wickets each in a devastating display.

Russell picked up 5/33 whilst Stuart took 5/41.

The innings was complete in just 13 overs for 77.

Both the Crocs and Gators have another couple of weeks off with a bye this weekend and then a general bye on the Australia Day weekend.

They will both return to the action on Saturday, February 1 to begin a four-match run to the semis.

Both sides will probably need to win at least two of their remaining four games to figure in the semis and provided they can replicate last weekend's form, they should be able to do so.

Training is still on Wednesday afternoons at 5pm at the St. Josephs school nets.

In the meantime, we can all continue to enjoy a drenching of cricket on the television with the Aussies looking to put India in their place in a one-day series and the Big Bash heading towards the finals.

Several locals were heading to Canberra for the Thunders Big Bash Clash with the Renegades and hopefully fun was had by all.

See you at the cricket.