Crusaders’ batsman Darren Connell has again starred with the bat in his team’s win over Coyotes at the revamped Cranfield Oval in Young.
Winning the toss and batting on a deck that had a bit for the bowlers, Connell batting at number three, came to the wicket with the score at 17, scored 51 not out of a lowly total of 100. Equally, the Coyotes struggled to score runs being dismissed in the 23rd over for 81.
Connell, who was dropped twice, made the best of his chances and certainly showed his class. The Crusaders were in all sorts at the first drinks break (20 overs) at 8-51, and then Connell and John Stephens added 40 runs for the ninth wicket.
Connell struck two sixes and four fours in his 86 ball stay at the crease.
Such was the dismal scoreboard, five Crusaders batsman failed to score.
Coyotes captain Mick Ashton was the star with ball capturing 4/11 from six overs.
The only Coyotes batsman to make any impact on the scoreboard was Ben Murray who made a very brisk 42 from just 27 balls - Murray’s knock who kept the Coyotes in the match – blasted four sixes and two fours.
Bowling honours were shared by the Crusaders’ Gene Kessell who broke the back of the Coyotes’ batting line up snared 3-22 from four overs, while Nathan Corby finished off the innings capturing 3-5 from 3.3 overs.
Earlier, veteran John Stephens bowled a bit of a missed bag in capturing 2-24 from two overs.
Following on from the Crusaders’ great win, both of the Cootamundra sides in the Dunk Insurance Cup recorded wins in Young on Saturday.
As expected, the Magpies scored an easy win over the Saints, while Stockinbingal proved too strong for the Burrangong Cricket Club.
At Gus Smith Oval, the Saints were bowled out for just 69. The Magpies cruised to victory in the 15th over finishing with 1/70.
Stockinbingal won a close match over Burrangong, scoring 5-229 from 40 overs, Burrangong replied with 9-203. Stockinbingal innings was highlighted by a great partnership between Sam Bush and Jack Caldwell. The pair added 113 runs for the third wicket. Bush scored 78 from just 44 balls; his knock included eight sixes and six fours, while Caldwell was more patient scoring 62 runs from 100 balls.