WHEN Tom Lynch headed to Sydney for last week’s Primary Schools Sports Association NSW boys cricket titles, it was the first time he had represented Polding in that sport.
But given the way the Bathurst talent performed, it was hard to tell.
While the Polding team, which also included fellow Bathurst player Tom Judge, could only manage eighth place, Lynch was a standout.
He claimed 11 wickets for the tournament at an average of eight, his 26 overs across four games including three maidens.
Across the 14 participating teams, no player took more wickets.
In the opener against Western – the only match Polding won – Lynch was at his best as he claimed 3-13 as well as hitting an unbeaten 34 to help his side to a four-wicket victory.
He went on to claim 2-23 against Sydney West, 3-33 against North West and 3-19 in Polding’s final match against Sydney South West.
Judge kept wickets and made 31 runs for the carnival with a top score of 13.
While Judge and Lynch were in action for Polding, two other Bathurst talents lined up for Western – Tim Currie and Aidan Lindsay.
After losing the opening match against Polding, Western responded well and went on to beat Barrier, North Coast and North West to place third overall.
It was Western’s best performance at the titles since 2004.
Lindsay’s efforts included 1-16 against Polding, while Currie claimed 1-5 in the win against Barrier and hit 43 when opening the batting against North West.