ARMIDALE and Narrabri first grade competitions were in Twenty20 mode on Saturday while Gunnedah’s first round back in 2013 was back to a full 40-over One Day round and produced wins for the two bottom-placed sides.
At Kitchener Park Mornington only made 116 but routed competition leaders Albion for just 85 while third-placed Kookaburras chased down Court House’s 7-115 to finish 3-120.
Ben Haire (30) opened the batting well while Farran Lamb (49no) top scored for Court House as Troy Sands (2-20) and Wayne Ryan (2-16) spearheaded the Kookaburra bowling.
Jay Urquhart (24) and Brad Gander (41) built a good chase with Bryce Johnson (11no) and Mick Densely (26no) steering the side to a seven wicket victory.
At Kitchener Trent Hilton starred with bat and ball again for Mornington.
He opened the batting and made 17 while number three, Dave Richards, made 19 and Peter Hughes (25) and Cliff Stokes (23) put on 41 for the last wicket.
Mitch Swain (3-26) and Isaac Merlehan (3-19) were in the wickets for an Albion side which failed to chase.
MK (21) top scored from Sundries (20) and Daniel Head (11).
Hilton then claimed 4-11 from his eight overs, including three maidens. Andrew Pratt (2-21), Cliff Stokes (2-21) and Dylan Beer (2-24) shared in the wickets too.
In Narrabri the local competition turned to Twenty20 matches played back-to-back at Collins Park.
In the first game RSL made 6-119 with Justin Knight (43no) batting through the 20 overs against The Mac, which could only manage 57 in reply.
Talented teenager, Jake Brayshaw, who is in Nowra with the Central North Zone Bradman Cup side this week, took four wickets.
In the second game Golf Club made 140 and rolled Tatts for 137 in a close game.
Jake Packer’s 64 wasn’t enough for Tatts, which needed 18 off the final over but came up with 15.
Up in Armidale the T20
format was also in vogue with Hillgrove easily chasing down Armidale City’s 104.
Matt Schaefer made a good 40 for Hillgrove as it reached its target with four overs to spare.
Ex-Services hosted Guyra at Armidale Sportsground, scoring 8-130 and routing the visitors for 60.
Luke Brown top scored with 54 for Servies, batting in his now normal opening spot.
The tall left arm fast bowler started opening in England last season and enjoyed it so much he decided to keep on at it when he returned to Armidale this season.
“I asked for the promotion,” he said yesterday after scoring an unbeaten 21 for Armidale in its War Veterans Cup clash with Tamworth.
“I’ve only batted about five times so it’s been a bit of a frustrating season.”
Clifford Smith also made 20 for Services while Jason Boland ripped through the Guyra batting plundering five wickets.