Gunnedah Cricket: Court House and Albion dominate first day

Great touch: Kyle Gallen turns this ball for runs during his 72 for Court House on Saturday. Photo: Samantha Newsam
Great touch: Kyle Gallen turns this ball for runs during his 72 for Court House on Saturday. Photo: Samantha Newsam

Court House steamrolled their way to first innings points but Albion fell frustratingly short after commanding first day displays when the Gunnedah competition resumed for the new year on Saturday.

After vanquishing Kookaburras for just 27, Court House replied with 3-159 before - sniffing a chance of an outright win -  declaring and sending Kookaburras back in.

Their second innings didn’t start much better but they were able to stave off the Court House assault and negotiate the 27 overs they had to face to finish the day 3-35.

Alex Seach is unbeaten on one and Beau Clarke six after Billy Jupp and Pat Rankmore both made 12.

Jupp (10) was earlier the only Kookaburras batsmen to reach double figures in what captain Shane Riordan labelled a dreadful display from his side.

“There was no application,” Riordan said.

They lost 7-6 at one stage and lasted just 28 overs.

“That was what I was thinking when I won the toss, bowl and get them for a low score,” Court House captain Farran Lamb said.

He was one of the chief perpetrators of Kookaburras’ calamity snaring three wickets in one over to finish with 3-5.  Anthony Daniels also chimed in with three wickets and Ben Irwin two.

Needing early wickets Trent Winsor and James McGowan obliged to have Court House 2-1. But Lamb (30) and Kyle Gallen easily saw them past Kookaburras total. Playing his first game for Court House for six seasons, Gallen top-scored with 72, Brad Gander also hitting an unbeaten 50.

Out: Mornington's Billy Flynn has his stumps rearranged by Brad Jenkinson.

Out: Mornington's Billy Flynn has his stumps rearranged by Brad Jenkinson.

In the other game, Albion has Mornington nine down in reply to their 3 (dec)-186.

Nathan Millar made the most of a rare opportunity to bat, smacking 78 at the top of the order, and sharing a 55 run stand with James Mack (31) and 70 run partnership with Brad Jenkinson (29no). Luke Ryan also belted a quick 34no before skipper Andy Mack called a halt to their innings.

“I was looking to get around 160, to get 180 was pretty good,” Mack said.

Ben Hennessy and Stan Gaynor made a promising start to Mornington’s run chase but when Hennessy was run out the momentum swung, the wickets flowing regularly after that.