Junee Commercial Stallions, Elders Cup cricket report

  • JUNEE v TUMUT

THIS week’s Elders Cup fixture seen the much-anticipated match between the last two remaining undefeated teams in the competition – Junee Commercial Stallions and the Woolpack Lippers from Tumut.

The Woolpack have been one of the higher scoring teams and Junee have relied very heavy on their bowlers to keep the opposition to a minimal total. 

The two teams have been by far the best in the competition in the early stages and both teams were hoping to come away with the victory.

The Woolpack captain won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Woolpack captain won the toss and elected to bat first.

Junee Stallions welcomed back opening bowler, Trent Charlton, for the vital clash and right from the first ball had the Woolpack under pressure.

Charlton then striking with two wickets in his second over and had the Woolpack backpedalling.

Great fielding pressure by Brad Diggins caused a run out and a finish to an exciting opening partnership for Will McGrath finishing with two for 22 off six. 

Charlton finished with five for eight off eight overs before Stephen Turk grabbing the final wicket which saw the Woolpack bowled out for their lowest total of the season just 40 runs.

Junee then batted and put themselves under pressure early by showing no respect for the Woolpack bowlers and losing early wickets.

Junee’s Darren O'Rafferty carried his bat through scoring 27 not out and securing the sixth straight win the Junee Commercial Stallions.

Junee will now travel to Coolac this weekend to reignite what was formerly one of the most fierce rivalries since Junee's introduction into the competition.

Coolac is currently sitting third on the ladder who had two massive victories against Junee last year and are heading into the clash as early favourites.

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JUNEE Commercial Stallions kept their undefeated streak alive last week in a tight finishing game against the Family Hotel from Gundagai.

Junee captain, Will McGrath, won the toss on the weekend and elected to bowl first.

New opening pair Will Mcgrath and Stephen Turk filled the void of the missing opening Junee pair Trent Charlton and Joe Crowder, and bowled tight from the start.

Good fielding kept the pressure on the Family Hotel before big hitting Dane O’Hehir took to the Junee attack blasting a quick 50 before Hayden Diggins picked up the breakthrough.

Junee then dropped a few catches and let Gundagai slip to a total of 170 at the change of innings.

Junee then got off to a fast start with openers Nathan Charlton and Stephen Turk scoring 26 and 27 respectively.

The Commercial then stumbled and fast wickets fell through the innings.

Mick Butler then steadied the innings and scored a match winning 77 not out as Junee managed to sneak past the total and to keep their spot on the top of the Elders Cup premiership.