Singleton District Cricket Association (SDCA) president, Daniel Storey, says their win in the AGL John Bull Shield match on Sunday was “a gutsy effort”. With only 10 players Singleton (188) defeated Maitland (176) in the second round of the Hunter Valley Cricket Council’s representative competition. They managed to defend their total of 188 runs thanks to what observers described as a magnificent bowling display. Spearheaded by Storey who took four valuable wickets after a crucial bowling change made by captain, Jacob Carey, at drinks. Bowling nine overs each, openers Lachlan Charnock 3/50 and Josh Harvey 2/48 were also effective.
Best with the bat for Singleton was the youngest player in the side Jack Turner (54) no. Batting down the order, his half century proved crucial in securing the eventual win.
Storey says it was disappointing they couldn’t get 11 or 12 players for the day but the 10 guys that turned up put in a huge effort to not give up and just expect to be beaten.
“Jack Turner's innings kept us in the game and the opening bowlers both created chances from their first overs,” he says.
“Hopefully the results go our way over other games, and next round, which will get us into the final with a competitive side of 12 players.”
Unfortunately, in the AGL Second Elevens competition the Upper Hunter (190) had a big win over Singleton (95).
Meanwhile on Saturday, Valley proved why they are leading SDCA’s First Grade competition when they defeated JPC.
Batting first they posted what proved to be an unbeatable total – 337. With Nathan Levy scoring an impressive 165 runs. And, after scoring a century last week (101), opener Jacob Carey, fell one run short of a repeat performance (99).
In the other first grade match, Creeks (3/65) defeated Muswellbrook (2/35) after the game was declared a wash out in the seconding innings. The scores were taken at the 15 over mark.