Emus reclaim Boomerang Trophy

BY nature they come back and the Boomerang Trophy is back in Australian hands.

The Northern NSW U21 Emus reclaimed the trophy in emphatic fashion at Rangoria yesterday with a 10 wicket win over the Canterbury Colts.

Skipper Tom Irwin and Armidale’s Michael Dawson fittingly guided the Emus to victory after they’d been set just over 90 to chase.

“It was a great win,” delighted coach Peter Clifford said.

“We set it up on day one.”

After bowling the home side out for 100, the Emus finished day one at 7-180 – a lead of 80.

“We chipped it around this morning and got 150 ahead,” Clifford said.

The plan was to hang around for a bit longer.

“I was quite happy to bat all day,” he said.

“But the new ball was due pretty well this morning and, once the new ball came, it didn’t take long to knock the tail over.”

They ended up with 249, with Dawson top-scoring with 49, only by a run though from Darren Bourke (48) with Bryan Warren remaining unbeaten on 20.

“They (Kiwis) then went out and had a bit of a slog,” Clifford said.

It came off, with the Kiwis making 241 in their second dig.

That gave them a 92-run lead but the Emus easily polished those off, with Irwin unconquered on 48 and Dawson 33.

Dawson had a fantastic tour.

He scored over 450 runs for the tour, highlighted by a 199 in the  penultimate game.

Earlier, Michael Rees was the star with the ball with four wickets, while Angus McNeill claimed 2-30.

Clifford said the bowlers did well, some under a bit of duress, with several carrying injuries.

“We had nothing in the tank,” he said.

Tamworth’s James Psarakis also had  success at the Australian Under 17 Cricket Championships in Adelaide, with his NSW side easily accounting for Western Australia in sweltering conditions.

After bowling WA out for 186 on day one, the Blues chased down the runs in 36 overs with the loss of only three wickets. 

Psarakis was down to bat at number six and wasn’t required.

Sydney cricketer Jake Doran top-scored with 55 off just 46 balls.

Meanwhile, former South Tamworth junior Sam Yabsley was the pick of the Queensland bowlers in their loss to Victoria yesterday.

Yabsley took 3-17 off 10 overs, as well as chipping in with 18 off the bat.

Queensland was all out for 210, before Victoria chased the total down with two wickets to spare.

Former Moree schoolboy Max Houlahan also scored 27 for Queensland.

NSW will now line up against Victoria in another two-day game tomorrow, while Queensland will play Western Australia.

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