Picture: RS. Williams.The Harden Hornets A-grade cricket team came up against the Royal Pirates on Saturday in round 3 of the 2015/16 (Trigg Shield) Yass and District Cricket Association season and were effectively given a ‘royal hiding’.
It was a special round for the league with all players wearing black armbands in honour of former Bowning local Rob Brown, who was Assistant Principal at Cootamundra High School, before unexpectedly passing away last month.
Played at the Pirates home ground ofVictoria Park in Yass, the Harden boys were always going to be up against it, mainly due to a couple of unforeseen late withdrawals, leaving the team with just nine players.
Batting first in the one day encounter,the Hornets could only conjure up 49 runs from 22.3 overs, which was very lowespecially considering at one stage the team was 2 for 40, meaning they lost their next 7wickets for 9 runs.
For Harden, M. Brown top scoredwith 24 and Nathan Schofield made12, but overall Harden were no match for the Pirates pace attack of Tom Parr (4 for 8) and Andrew Holgate (3 for 25).
In reply the home side chased down the runs making 51 in 6.2 overs with Adam Forth making46 of them and remaining unbeaten.
Harden B-grade side also found themselves against aPirates outfitand already with a couple ofwins to their name and thehome ground advantage at Tim Doolan Oval, the team was most confident, howeverthere wasonly two overs played , before the match was abandoneddue to the rain.
On Saturdayin A-grade,Harden has the bye and theywill look to re-group before taking on Yass Golf Club back at Victoria Park in Yass on Saturday, November 14.
Harden B-grade (Sweeney Cup) don’t have the bye this weekend andthe locals will meet Yass Golf Club Colts on the synthetic at Roberts Park with that match starting at 12.30pm.
Playing in the same competition,Binalong B-grade were also called off due to the wet weather and on Saturday they are hosting the Gundaroo Gunners, while Wallendbeen who also got called off in their South West Slopes Dunk Insurance B-grade cricket match are away at Gus Smith Oval in Young taking on the Criterion Gunners.
Inrepresentative cricket,Yass and District will play Cootamundra in McDonald’s Country Plate at Albert Park, Cootamundra on Sunday with the winner of this match due to host either Monaro or Goulburn on November 29.
Picture: RS. Williams.
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