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Boomerangs beat Fords Bridge in final wicket thriller

Fords Bridge Cricket Team: back – Bryce Robinson, Lincoln Old, Rob Davis, Matt Sheridan, Michael Marshman, Anthony Azedevo, Phillip Cross, Ed Rushton and Brett Sheilds. Front – Guy McDonald, Jack Green, Will Ridge and Dave Turnbull. Photo TWH

Bourke Boomerangs played host to last year’s premiers, the Fords Bridge Yabbies at Davidson Oval on Saturday, in the match of the round. The Yabbies came into the match as the tried and tested unit with big match experience. Conversely, the Boomerangs are a team beginning to get some consistency within their line-up which is allowing their players to settle into their roles. This made for an entertaining afternoon and the match certainly lived up to the hype.

In hot conditions, Fords Bridge had the luxury of batting first and chose to open proceedings with aggressive opening pair, Tom Oldfield and Lincoln Old.

Fords Bridge got off to a flyer, with the score at 0/37 after 5 overs. After taking some early stick, Boomerangs captain Nathan Orcher was rewarded for his persistence, taking the first wicket in the 6th over, Lincoln Old bowled for 12. Phil Cross came in and continued to build the innings with Tom Oldfield until the first bowling change when Tom was caught for 29 off Clinton Edwards’ third delivery. The Fords Bridge total was ticking along nicely up until this point and at 4/103, the game was in the balance. The Boomerangs second string bowling attack seized the moment and took control of the middle overs of the match, taking the Yabbies’ final six wickets for just 38 runs, with Fords Bridge bowled out in the 33rd over for 141. Great contributions came from bowlers Clinton Edwards, Lane Brown and father and son duo, Peter and Blaine Knight.

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