A CRACKING knock from Mitchell middle-order batsmanJosh Toole helped rocket his side to a dominant five-wicket win over Macquarie at Orange’s Jack Brabham Park on Saturday.
In the second Western Zone inter-council trial game, Mitchell raced passed Macquarie’s total of 8-171, Toole’s unbeaten, better-than-a-run-a-ball 61 propelling his side to victory one ball into the 31stover.
At the other end having contributed an unbeaten 44 to a six-wicket stand worth 112, skipper Jameel Qureshi said his Bathurst batting partner’sno-holds-barred approach was fun to watch.
“He was just in one of those moods…all I had to do was play my own game down the other end,” Qureshi said.
“He just wanted to hit everything, and when he’s in one of those moods, you can’t really tell him otherwise.
“In saying that, though, it was still a pretty sensible innings. He kept out the good balls and attacked the bad ones.”
GREAT KNOCK: Bathurst batsman Josh Toole blasted an aggressive 61 for Mitchell in Saturday’s Western Zone win over Macquarie.
While Toole only managed six runs in Sunday’s round three loss to Lachlan, he provided the highlight of a patient effort from the Mitchell outfit.
Winning the toss and batting first, Macquarie started strongly before Mitchell’s new-ball pairing struck.
Charlie Kempson (eight) andJordan Moran (23) fell to Orange’s Hugh Le Lievre (2-38) andBathurst’s Matt Stephen (1-30) in quick succession.
Mitch Bower (two) went soon after toLe Lievre, who doesn’t take the new ball on a regular basis for his club side CYMS.
Macquarie’s Greg Buckley came and went for 13, leaving the bulk of the run-scoring to be done by Tom Nelson.
Nelson provided just that, hitting 67 not out as he anchored Macquarie’s innings.
However, his runs came slowly as the visitors crawled to 8-171 from their 50 overs.
It was a shaky start to Mitchell’s innings with the bat, left-arm quick Henry Railz (2-25) taking the early wickets of Bathurst City duo Joey Coughlan(zero) and Ben Orme (zero) while Henry Shoemark (four) fell to Ben Semmler (1-10) to leave the hosts reeling at 3-8.
Veteran Riche Venner (31) steadied the ship alongside the prodigious Ryan Peacock (16) until the pair fell in quick succession with the score on 60.
It was then over to Toole and Qureshi–and it didn’t take long for the gun pair to race to 5-172and the victory.
Although Toole’s innings stole the show, the Mitchell skipper said it was his side’s innings with the ball that set up the win.
“I thought we bowled really well as a team,” Qureshi said.
“Hugh and Stevo really built up the pressureand then, I thought anyway,it was a good deck for slow bowlers.
“We took the pace off the ball and made them play our game, which worked beautifully.”
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