BATHURST’S Ryan Peacock and Luke Powell put themselves to the test at the recent Under 19s State Challenge in Sydney.
Peacock, making his second appearance at the tournament, and debutant Powell had a mixed bag of results in their matches against the state’s top junior talent.
The Rugby Union Cricket Club teammates lined up together in the County Sixers outfit. Their team had a tough time in losses to both metro squads.
The Bathurst pair might not have had the individual success they had each hoped for across the tournament but they were at least able to leave on a high thanks to a win over their Country Thunder rivals.
Sixers won the toss, chose to bat, and their openers didn’t waste time hitting the opposition around the park.
Jordie Misic (104) and Blake Nikitaras (46) got the Sixers off to a flying start.
Nikitaras departed with the score at 95 and the Sixers were quickly two down when Charlie Drummer was clean bowled by Cowra’s Hamish Starr.
Unfortunately for Peacock he never got going.
The Bathurst all-rounder was removed for 1 run off five balls.
NSW contracted player Jason Sangha (38) helped the Sixers recover, and by the time both he and Misic were dismissed the score sat at 7-231.
Sixers finished all out for 248.
The Thunder got off to a solid start of their own with the bat thanks to Matt Gilkes (49).
Powell struck the first blow against the Thunder when he clean bowled the team’s other opener Lachlan Barnsley (12).
It was a big breakthrough for Powell, who was unfortunate not to come away with a wicket in the team’s loss to Metro Thunder (0-34 from seven overs).
First drop batsman Daniel Leerdam (84) was keeping the Thunder’s hopes alive with an impressive innings.
Leerdam could only watch as the rest of the team fell around him. The next-best contributor was Dubbo’s Marty Jeffrey (17).
Powell picked up his second wicket of the innings when he removed Tom Engelbrecht for 10.
The wicket of Leerdam put the Thunder at 8-195, and despite some resistance from the tail end they were soon all out for 211 in the 45th over.
Powell finished with figures of 2-32 from his eight overs. The Bathurst paceman also claimed two maidens.
Sangha led the way with figures of 5-50. His impressive tournament included scores of 88 and 120.