Gunnedah first grade cricket: Court House confident of defending small total against Kookaburras

INTRIGUING: Kookaburras' Vinnie Windsor was among the wicket-takers against Court House last weekend. Court House believes it can defend 130.
INTRIGUING: Kookaburras' Vinnie Windsor was among the wicket-takers against Court House last weekend. Court House believes it can defend 130.

Court House is hopeful the injection of right-arm quick Ben Irwin into the side for the final day of the two-day clash against Kookaburras at Wolseley Park on Saturday will help the defending premiers secure victory.

Irwin, who missed the opening day last Saturday due to work commitments, comes into a match that is intriguingly poised.

With Kookaburrras searching for their second win of the season, Court House batted first and were dismissed for 130.

In reply, Kookaburras are 1-20.

Lachlan King, who played for Court House on day one but will miss day two because of work, is “pretty confident” his team can defend the small total – although he believes that Kookaburras will also benefit from the inclusion of new blood for the final day.

In fact, he believes that both sides will be stronger on Saturday.

King said while Court House would have obviously preferred more runs, they had defended smaller totals at Wolseley Park.

“With a good effort from the boys in the field and a strong bowling attack, we’ll be able to defend it, hopefully,” he said.

“We’ve got a pretty strong bowling attack,” he added. “And Wolseley Park is a pretty big ground.

“We’ve got Cameron Milne [removed by Sam Doubleday for 16 late on day one]. It’s always handy to pick him up early in the innings.”

King said Irwin was a “very strong bowler” who was “always handy to pick up a couple of wickets early in his spell”.

On day one, James McGowan put Court House on the back foot as he claimed the first three wickets of the day to finish with 4-36.

Vinnie Winsor (1-28) chimed in with a wicket before McGowan struck again to have Court House reeling at 5-51.

Ben Haire (29) and captain Farran Lamb (34) boosted the score before Anthony Daniels (23) and Boyd McCormack (11) helped push the total to 130.

Cameron Milne (2-12) and Luke Ellis (2-4) were also among the wicket-takers.