Specialised Civil Services and Priag Marketing scored their second wins of the 2020-21 Narrabri District Cricket Association Namoi Super Slog T20 competition on Friday night to join WTC Earthmoving on 15 points, while leaving the winless Rose Pest Control (three points) behind.

In round three, defending champions Specialised Civil Services was at its brilliant best at Hogan Oval where it demolished Rose Pest Control by 126 runs. Specialised Civil Services batted first after winning the toss and made 2-168 in its 20 overs before knocking over Rose Pest Control for 42 in just 11.4 overs.

In the other match, the side which won the toss and batted first was also victorious.  That was Priag Marketing which scored 101 runs before losing its final wicket from the last ball of the 20th over. The Patriots, which the Priag Marketing team has been nicknamed, then claimed all 10 wickets while conceding just 44 runs in 16.2 overs.

Priag Marketing skipper Lachlan Cameron told The Courier that he was impressed with all aspects of his side’s 57-run win.

“Josh Trindall was good with the bat and got us off to a good start then Chris Smith finished the innings off really well,” Cameron said.

“Then our bowling was great from start to finish, we built a lot of pressure early.

“The most positive thing to come out of the game for me was something that we’ve talked about right from the very first game – to all contribute as a team. I think that’s what we did really well, it was probably the best example of it from all the games.”

Priag Marketing’s top five batsmen combined for 84 runs as the side reached a defendable 101-run total.

Cameron (22) and Trindall (14) combined for a 33-run opening partnership, then Luke Meppem (19), Cooper Brayshaw (6) and Smith (game-best 23) all chipped in.

WTC Earthmoving made light work of the next six batsmen who combined for just 11 runs, while six extras helped Priag Marketing reach a triple figure score.

Dylan Smith (3-13 from four overs) was WTC Earthmoving’s best with the ball, and Matt Tubner (2-15 from three overs), Tim Shields (2-18 from four overs), skipper Justin Knight (1-15 from two overs) and Harry Pattison (1-19 from three overs) all took wickets.

The side’s wicketkeeper, Matt Conroy, was at his brilliant best behind the stumps. Conroy claimed four dismissals as he finished the innings with two catches, a stumping and a run out.

The game’s man-of-the-match performance emerged in the second innings as Priag Marketing quick Nathan Trindall produced the spell of the competition.

Trindall opened the bowling and his first over conceded four runs. He then bowled a maiden in the innings’ third over, then made the breakthrough in the fifth with a wicket-maiden which saw him dismiss RSL clubmate Cody Kember (1) who was caught behind by Cameron.

Jade Lees opened the bowling at the other end and bowled the third maiden of the innings in the sixth over which made the score 1-10 and added more pressure on the chasing side.

Then, from the first ball of the seventh over, Trindall bowled Matt Conroy (0) to make the score 2-10.

Trindall eventually finished with 2-8 from four overs, and Lees finished his four overs with 0-9 as the opening duo restricted WTC Earthmoving to 2-18 from eight.

The chasing side had wickets in hand but the slow start proved too difficult to overcome as it lost its next eight wickets while adding 26 more runs.

Priag Marketing medium pace bowlers Joel Hogan (4-10 off four overs) and Kaleb Mowle (1-14 from four overs) continued the pressure started by their openers.

Two of the last three wickets were runouts claimed by Brayshaw and Clay Hoffman, before Hoffman took the ball for the 17th over and secured the winning wicket with his first delivery.

WTC Earthmoving opener Mick Dowdell (12) was the team’s only batsman to reach double figures on a night to forget as the side slumped to its first defeat of the campaign.

For Priag Marketing, the dominant victory was the perfect way to bounce back following a round two loss against Specialised Civil Services.

In the other round three game, Specialised Civil Services’ top order well and truly found its groove.

Skipper Nick Smart (78) opened the batting and scored the first half century of the season while becoming the first player to total more than 100 runs in the current campaign. He combined with Chris Sargent (41) for a 108-run first-wicket partnership which got the side off to a flying start.

After those two departed, number three batsman Zack Doring (29) and number four batsman Tim Cameron (10) kept the score ticking over and remained unbeaten after the final ball had been bowled.

The side then used four bowlers who all took at least one wicket. Sargent (3-20 from four overs) was the pick of the four, while Jay Hall (2-3 from three overs), Cameron (2-5 from 1.4 overs) and Sam Bullen (1-14 from three overs) combined with the veteran to rip through Rose Pest Control and bow their side to the biggest win of the 2020-21 competition.

Only Hamish Duncan (17) could register a double digit score for a nine-man Rose Pest Control team.

Specialised Civil Services skipper Smart, who is currently the competition’s leading run scorer with 146 at an average of 48.7, told The Courier that his side was clinical in all areas of Friday night’s game.

“I was very pleased, it’s always good to win especially after the Christmas break when everyone’s a bit rusty and still in the festive season mode,” Smart said.

“Everyone was good – batting was clinical, bowling was clinical and fielding was clinical.

“That’s two wins in a row now so that will give us heaps of confidence going forward.”

Round four of the 2020-21 Namoi Super Slog T20 competition will be contested this Friday night when Priag Marketing and Rose Pest Control go head-to-head at Collins Park, while Specialised Civil Services and WTC Earthmoving meet at Hogan Oval.

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