Riding Mill Start Tour With A Bang

Riding Mill have had an impeccable start to their virtual tour of Australia accounting for the hosts Burrabadine by 3 wickets in the opening fixture and backing it up with a 23 run blitz of the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.

After some overnight rain, conditions were perfect for dice cricket and it was no surprise that when Burrabadine skipper Matt Fiction won the toss, he had no hesitation in batting first. It proved this may have been an error of judgement early on when opener Angus Norton was trapped in front for just one.

Ben Patterson blasted 28 from just 8 deliveries and was looking very dangerous before he departed to a smart catch from skipper Andy Watson off the bowling of Mallinson.

Hood, Seiffert and Kirk all made impressive 20s but no one was able to go on and make a big score with the innings closing at 9-155 from the hosts ten overs.

Riding Mill had the wobbles early in the run chase with off-spinner Elliott Diamond picking up two wickets in his only over.

However, Andy Watson and Ali Raza built a strong partnership and set things up beautifully before they were both dismissed by Ben Patterson making 37 and 23 respectively.

Kev Frazer and Lance Mallinson both held their nerve to see the visitors over the line with 3 balls to spare with Frazer finishing 26 not out off just 8 deliveries and Mallinson not wasting any time with a rapid fire 14 not out off just three balls.

The Riding Mill lads had no time to rest on their laurels with their next fixture getting underway against the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.

Nina Stevens won the toss and opted to send Riding Mill in which was not looking like the best decision when the visitors charged to 0-43 off the first two overs. Gary Fisher was able to get the first breakthrough which helped to put the breaks on.

Scott Dickson was the star for Riding Mill setting the innings up with a scintillating 67 off just 22 balls before he fell to a smart catch behind the stumps by Tim Ludeman off the bowling of Tabbernor.

The skipper Nina Stevens brought herself on to bowl and found herself on a hat trick before Lance Mallinson took to the hat trick ball hitting it out of the virtual stadium for 6. He repeated the dose the following ball and finished with a very valuable 31 off just nine balls. A very imposing total of 6-169 had been set leaving the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI with the task of hitting 17 an over to win.

Riding Mill had been outstanding in the field in the opening fixture and this early tour form continued with Liam James and Cameron Longstaff both effecting run outs early on to have the home side on the ropes early.

Tim Ludeman and Nina Stevens consolidated the Cricket Library Podcast XI innings with Ludeman making a polished 52 off 19 balls before falling to Burns who also knocked over Nina Stevens for a blistering 30 off 9.

None of the other batters were able to get going and when Scott Dickson backed up his splendid work with the bat taking two for nine, the game was all but over. There was some tidy batting at the close from Gary Fisher and Nicola Browne but it was not enough to get their team over the line.

Riding Mill will hope to continue their good form when the tour continues later this week against Dubbo CYMS before heading south on the weekend to face off against the Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs.

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