THEY copped a scare in their previous Mitchell Cricket Council under 14s game but Bathurst were back to their devastating best on Sunday as they accounted for the visiting Blue Mountains side at Morse Park 2.
Bathurst chased down Blue Mountains’ total of 7-121 with six wickets and 10 overs up their sleeves.
The home side recorded their fourth win from as many matches in the process.
Blue Mountains won the toss and elected to bat first, striking trouble early when Oliver Shea was removed for a duck.
Remaining opener Tom Seldon (22) and first drop Luka Donnelly (35) saw off the early pressure from the Bathurst attack.
Donnelly was difficult to shake at the crease. He spent 122 balls out in the middle before he was caught off the spin of Seth Norris (1-17) to have the score at 3-102.
Bathurst’s Angus Parsons tore through the Blue Mountains middle order with figures of 3-24.
While sometimes erratic, the Bathurst opening bowler was effective. He removed the only other visiting batsman to make a start, Oliver Freeman (29), plus Leon Hill (2) and Jasper Frosh (1).
Flynn Taylor (2-7) was another bowler on fire for Bathurst.
Liam Cain (1-11) claimed the remaining Blue Mountains wicket.
Together the hosts’ bowling lineup produced 10 maidens.
Calvin Windus (11) and Taylor (7) fell short of the runs they desired but the next pair at the crease, Blake Kreuzberger (31) and Parsons (28 not out), took the game away from Blue Mountains.
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Bathurst chased down the last 54 runs at the cost of just one wicket – Cody Hall for 26.
Blue Mountains wickets were shared between Cooper Hancott (1-15), Hill (1-17) and Seldon (1-22).
Kreuzberger’s runs are a encouraging sign after the Bathurst captain missed a portion of the representative season with a back injury.
“It was a lower back injury to my right side but it’s healing slowly and getting a lot better. It’s almost back to 100 per cent,” Kreuzberger said.
“It was a pretty easy win in the end with a couple of partnerships we had in the middle there. The pitch was really good. It didn’t stay low, it was a little slow but that was about it.
“We’ve been doing the little things right, bowling to tight lines and getting a lot of good partnerships going.”
It was only the second appearance at the crease for Bathurst this season for Kreuzberger following his 27 in the opening round against Orange.
Bathurst stormed home to the minor premiership on 40 points while Orange, Mudgee and Blue Mountains all finished level on 26 points.
Positions were decided on quotient, with Blue Mountains finishing at the bottom of the tied trio and booking themselves a rematch with Bathurst on February 24.