Kookaburras return to form in Gunnedah first grade cricket

KEY BOWLER AND OPENING BATSMAN: Izaak Merlehan snared 2-12 for Albion, before he was dismissed with the final ball of the day's play at Wolseley Park.

KEY BOWLER AND OPENING BATSMAN: Izaak Merlehan snared 2-12 for Albion, before he was dismissed with the final ball of the day's play at Wolseley Park.

THE Kookaburras made a fine start to their two-day fixture against Mornington while honours were even in the other Gunnedah first grade cricket contest which began on Saturday.

With the Kookaburras and Mornington yet to win this season, the Kookaburras batted for the entire day’s play as they made 8-221 in 75 overs at Kitchener Park.

A second wicket stand of 82 involving Cameron Milne (56) and Eddie McGuirk (46) set up the total, although the Kookaburras somewhat stumbled as they found themselves 7-180.

Standing in as skipper while Paddy Paul, Brad Jenkinson and Bon Winsor were absent, Troy Sands scored 30 at number nine to ensure the Kookaburras had the better of day one despite a five-wicket haul from Mornington’s Jason Rose.

It was a far cry from the previous round when the Kookaburras were shot out for 48 and 46 with 10 players.

At Wolseley Park, ladder leader Court House reached 0-37 before crumbling to 7-71 and then enjoying partnerships of 37, 22 and 30 as Farran Lamb was the mainstay with 58 at number seven.

Four Albion bowlers claimed two scalps apiece while two other bowlers snared one wicket each.

With seven overs to face before stumps, Albion reached 0-14 when Ben Irwin sent Izaak Merlehan’s off-stump flying with the final delivery of the day.

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