NEW SOUTH Wales Country has to “do the job in the field” today to retain its competition lead in the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Bundaberg.
Yesterday the batsmen did their job against East Asia Pacific at West Bundaberg Recreations Ground 3, scoring 331.
Approaching stumps last night, Newcastle paceman Josh Bennett snared a vital second wicket to leave EAP 2-35.
“We’ve had a good day,” NSWC manager Ron Hancock said.
“A couple more wickets tonight would be good though,” he said with EAP 1-35.
As we spoke, Bennett bowled one of the key EAP batsmen and that brightened Hancock’s match report .
“ Josh has been been incredible – he’s had a great carnival for us so far.
“But we’ve got to do the job tomorrow.
“We’ve got to make sure we do the right thing.”
NSWC’s innings was bolstered by another brilliant knock by Parkes spinner Pat Rosser.
He had lit up in the T20s, scoring 69 off 29 balls in one game.
Yesterday he carried on that form by launching again.
“He hit 110 – 11 fours and seven sixes,” Hancock said.
“It was brilliant to watch.
“He’s batted so well again after the T20s.
“He and Cameron Belshaw (44) put on 91 for the eighth wicket too.
“Cameron hit five fours and a six too.”
In other games, second- placed Victoria made 7-370 against South Australia on the first day of their two-dayer, ACT was 3-204 against Queensland and Northern Territory bowled out WA for 202 and was 1-13 in reply.
NSWC went into the fifth- round matches with a seven- point lead over Victoria.
ACCC TABLE (After Round 4): NSW 36.35 (1.792%), Victoria 29.03 (1.4852%), Queensland 28.80 (1.1290%), East Asia Pacific 23.35 (.9093%), WA 21.70 (.7679%), SA 20.36(.8425%), ACT 13.16 (.7113%).