Mill finish with a Bang!

Riding Mill have had the perfect finish to their dice cricket virtual tour of Australia with a 3 wicket win against the well credentialed Cricket Library Podcast XI.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Riding Mill had immediate success removing Clifton and Penna both out LBW to deliveries that looked to keep a bit low from Scott Dickson.

The umpires were certainly earning their money with yet another LBW decision seeing Devlin on her way for 6 when she was trapped in front by Jonny Bennett.

The wickets flowed steadily for the visitors with Greenwood taking a good catch to remove the dangerous Ludeman for 18 off the bowling of Riding Mill skipper Liam James.

Steve Kent soon joined the party removing the experienced Stevens for 16, yet another player to depart LBW on a surface that was showing signs of unpredictability for the batters.

Cricket Library Weekly podcast co host Robbie Mackinlay looked very impressive for his 16 but found himself out stumped by Greenwood to a ball from Aly Hall that hit a crack and deviated past the edge of his bat.

Captain Matt Fiction was building a formidable partnership with Andrew Ellis before Ali Raza got one to jag back and trap the podcast xi skipper in front for 13.

Ellis and McDermott started the rebuild taking 16 off the Longstaff over which was the first over of the innings without a wicket falling. Unfortunately for the hosts, when dice cricket veteran Brian Watson removed Ellis, out stumped for 25 and then Hughes a couple of balls later for three, Riding Mill were well and truly in the box seat and very much on top.

Alister McDermott and Josh Lalor restored some pride with some strong late order hitting before Potts claimed the 6th LBW of the innings leaving the hosts all out for 140 with one ball left in their allotment of ten overs. Traditionally this score would be considered below par but with a strong bowling line up we would have to wait and see if it was indeed enough.

Riding Mill got their run chase off to a positive start with last ball hero in the previous game, Tony Potts forming a strong partnership at the top of the order with Mark Butcher.

Emma Hughes was able to get the breakthrough however removing Potts who was out to a good catch by Ludeman for 17. Very next ball Hughes accepted a sharp return catch to see Greenwood on his way without scoring.

When Alister McDermott followed this up with two wickets in his over, firstly dismissing Butcher for 12 out to a good catch by Andrew Ellis and then some smart glove work by Ludeman saw Brian Watson on his way for a 2nd ball duck out stumped.

At 4-38 Riding Mill needed to rebuild their innings which Longstaff and Raza began to do taking 11 off the Ellis over that followed. The podcast xi skipper Matt Fiction then provided Ludeman with another stumping when he lured Longstaff out of his crease sending him back for 13.

Another over of consolidation followed with 16 coming off Mackinlay before Nina Stevens picked up the big wicket of Ali Raza who was looking like seeing Riding Mill home after playing some exquisite strokes on his way to 42 from 15 deliveries.

Sam Devlin was able to put the breaks on further removing Aly Hall with Ludeman again taking a good catch to see him on his way for 9. Steve Kent and Riding Mill skipper Liam James were left with the task of collecting 30 runs off the last two overs to win.

This was made more challenging with some very smart bowling from Penna, restricting Kent and James to just 13 from her over. It was Steve Kent however, who found an extra gear hitting a six and a four off the first two balls of the final over before finishing the game with a towering six to wrap up the win.

Players and virtual fans stormed the ground to embrace Kent who had batted magnificently for his unbeaten 36. It was Ali Raza though that was officially named player of the match for his 42 that set up the victory as well as the big wicket of Matt Fiction with the ball.

Thus ends another successful tour with Riding Mill finishing with four wins and four losses of the tour and leaving the virtual shores of Australia with their heads held high.

Riding Mill will now continue their preparations on the field for what is expected to be a huge English summer ahead.

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All Star Cast For Dice Cricket Finale

Anticipation levels are at an all time high as we approach the culmination of what has been a dice cricket virtual tour to remember for Riding Mill Cricket Club.

The dice cricket specialists have had their share of highs and lows along the way with the final game of the tour not only a chance to level the series at four a piece, it is also an opportunity to have bragging rights over some well known cricketers and personalities when they take on the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.

Riding Mill have opted to make some alterations to their batting order which will provide the likes of last ball hero Tony Potts to face the new dice being delivered by current Melbourne Renegades opening bowler Josh Lalor, Sydney Sixers WBBL star Emma Hughes and former Big Bash and Sheffield Shield winner Alister McDermott.

West Australian luthier and music identity Andrew Ellis will bring some variety to the Podcast XI attack. Throw in the mix Sheffield Shield commentator Jack Clifton, media personality Nina Stevens and Cricket Library Weekly co host Robbie Mackinlay there will be no shortage of banter out in the middle.

At the top of the order the Cricket Library Podcast XI have some popular inclusions with former Big Bash star Tim Ludeman returning having made a half century on his dice cricket debut against Riding Mill last year. Another popular in is rising star Maddie Penna who had a massive impact on the WBBL this season for the Adelaide Strikers.

Matt Fiction has been handed the captaincy and will have a crucial role to play tactically as well as holding down the all important number 7 place in the batting order. Additionally Samantha Devlin is set to make her dice cricket debut and will be looking to make an impact with both bat and ball.

Our mail out of Riding Mill is that spirits are high and the group are buoyant about their chances against their highly credentialed opposition.

Coverage will be from 9pm UK time on Saturday night and 8am Sunday morning with millions of virtual fans expected to tune in from around the globe. Make sure you are following our official twitter feed to make sure you don’t miss a minute of what promises to be a dice cricket battle for the ages.

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Last Ball Thriller As Mill Sneak Home

Riding Mill have returned to the winners circle in the most dramatic circumstances with a last ball one wicket victory against SUCC in the penultimate game of their dice cricket virtual tour of Australia.

Things started will for Riding Mill skipper Liam James winning the toss and electing to bowl first, something that Riding Mill had not done since their dramatic one wicket victory against Dubbo CYMS.

After a steady first over from Tony Potts, Butcher copped some early punishment from Shawn Mepham before he got one to nip back and trap him in front for 23 from 8 deliveries. The SUCC batters really struggled to get themselves in with wickets falling in clumps thanks to some excellent bowling from Aly Hall who claimed Ball LBW for 9 and bowled Pass for 7 to have the home side 3-40 after 3.

Joel Marks continued building the pressure not allowing the new batters to settle with Steve Kent providing some smart glovework behind the stumps to see Marshman on his way without scoring and Hood departing for 4. When Iain Longstaff then chimed in with the wicket of Dunstone for 9, it looked like it may be an early night with the hosts on the rack at 6 for 68 at the halfway mark.

SUCC knew they could still post a competitive total provided they kept wickets in hand. A positive partnership between skipper Maria Buster and her nephew Andrew Kirk saw the score move to 89 before Steve Kent was again in the game claiming a sharp chance down the leg side to see Buster on her way for 19. Sam Buster came and went, advancing down the wicket to see the ball spin past his bat and into the gloves of Kent who completed an easy stumping.

At 8-103, Riding Mill just needed to deliver the knock out punch to ensure they would be well on top going into the innings break. Counter attack was the response from SUCC with Andrew Kirk and the recently married Leon Dhemba building a handy partnership which saw Kirk notch a half century and Dhemba hitting some powerful 6s on his way to a career best 21 not out.

The SUCC total of 8-159 was certainly one they were capable of defending and we certainly had a game on our hands.

The run chase got off to an explosive start with Scott Dickson top edging the opening ball of the innings over the keepers head for six, followed by the next ball flying down to the third man boundary for four, pushing one into the onside for 2 and then two more sixes and a four to finish the over.

Dhemba was able to stem the flow momentarily when he removed Dickson thanks to some fast hands behind the stumps from Kieran Ball but the runs kept flowing with the score racing to 1-46 after two overs and Riding Mill well ahead of the required run rate.

Sam Buster was able to chime in with a double breakthrough however, removing Bennett LBW for 20 from just six balls and then Collins on his way for 1 again thanks to some smart work behind the stumps from Kieran Ball who had his second stumping for the night.

Wickets would be the recipe required to stem the flow of runs and SUCC’s Andrew Kirk despite getting hit for three boundaries and a six, was able to remove Riding Mill skipper with a gem of a delivery for 26.

Longstaff and Raza were building a nice partnership and were still well ahead of the rate hitting boundaries and rotating the strike as needed. Colin Dunstone was able to provide the breakthrough however, nipping one back into the top of off to see Longstaff on his way for 13.

Next ball Michael Marshman trapped Raza in front for 19 and finished his over with a straightforward caught and bowled to see Hall on his way for 9 and the pendulum swinging back in favour of the home side with the score at 7-119 and still a job to do for the lower order.

Steve Kent came in with his intentions clear, hitting a towering six of Simon Hood before surviving a huge appeal for LBW before nicking one to Kieran Ball behind the stumps effecting an elementary catch to see Kent back to the virtual pavilion for 7.

The equation was now 30 required off the final two overs with just 2 wickets in hand with Joel Marks the last recognised batter at the crease on 7 with Butcher yet to face a delivery.

A six off the first ball followed by another 3 balls later from Marks had Riding Mill in the box seat but there was another twist in the tale with Marks controversially given LBW on the final ball of the over. On close inspections of the replays, the snicko technology detected the faintest of edges before the dice crashed into the pads. Marks had to go however, and we were set for a grandstand finish with 11 needed to tie and 12 to win from the final over.

Shawn Mepham was left with the responsibility of trying to close the game out for SUCC and with the field up, he nearly had the breakthrough on the first ball of the over when Butcher was struck on the pads. After what seemed like an eternity, the umpire said ‘not out’ and the over continued with scores tied on the final ball. A thick outside edge off the bat of Potts somehow trickled into the third man boundary with the Riding Mill faithful bursting into rapturous virtual applause.

The Riding Mill players stormed onto the ground jubilantly and surrounded the last ball hero Tony Potts who had pulled the visitors out of the fire to come away with a miraculous last ball one wicket win.

It is unusual for a player on the losing side to be awarded the player of the match honours but the official judges could not go past Andrew Kirk for his magnificent 62 not out that kept his side in the contest.

All eyes will now be on team announcements for the final game of the tour with speculation that there will be some current WBBL and former BBL players named for the Cricket Library Podcast XI in a fixture that is set to capture the attention of dice cricket lovers around the world.

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SUCC next assignment as Riding Mill hope to finish tour on a high

Riding Mill Cricket Club started their virtual tour of Australia with back to back wins accounting for Burrabadine and Dubbo CYMS. Unfortunately for the tourists, things have gone on a downward spiral since with four consecutive losses drawing parallels to the England Men’s Cricket team who have just lost the Ashes 4-0 to Australia.

There is some hope however, with two games remaining on the tour for Riding Mill to rectify their situation and to head back home with their heads held high. The first opportunity to do so is when they take on SUCC this Thursday morning Australia time and Wednesday 9pm in the UK.

Maria Buster has been named captain of SUCC and has high hopes for the XI vastly inexperienced dice cricketers looking to make an impression in the highly popular playing format.

In Riding Mill team news, Steve Kent has shuffled down the order and will take over the wicket keeping responsibilities whilst Liam James returns to the XI and will resume the captaincy after being rested for the game against Albury.

Whilst this game is front and centre for the visitors, the players will no doubt be speculating what the make up of their opposition will be for the final game of the tour against the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI this weekend.

Sources close to the library are hinting at some big inclusions with some former KFC Big Bash stars in contention for selection as well as some current Weber WBBL players expected to be in line to gain the call up for what promises to be an epic finish to the tour.

Coverage of both games will be exclusive to our official twitter feed and website.

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162 not enough as Riding Mill suffer 4th straight loss on dice cricket virtual tour of Australia

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Virtual Billson Park Albury played host to another brilliant game of dice cricket with the hosts coming away with a 4 wicket win with just 3 balls to spare thanks to a match winning partnership between Dom Stockdale and Todd Henderson who survived a hat trick ball to go on and make 57 not out whilst Stockdale brought up the winning runs in emphatic fashion to finish 64 not out to the rapturous applause from the large virtual crowd in attendance.

After lengthy discussions with coach Jerim Hayes prior to the fixture Ross Dixon decided to bowl first having won the toss. We are led to believe that this was based on Riding Mill’s struggle to post a winning score batting first in their previous three fixtures.

The surface looked perfect for dice cricket and there was an air of excitement from the Albury faithful who were keen to see how their side would perform in their dice cricket debut.

Things could not have started more perfectly for the hosts on the first roll of the game when Bhaiya picked up the big wicket of the dangerous Dickson who was coming off 83 last start. Nat Sariman was keeping up at the stumps with Dickson playing and missing with his back foot dragging ever so slightly out of the crease only for Sariman to have the bails off before you could blink. A boundary the next ball from Collins restored order for Riding Mill momentarily before Sariman again had the bails off in a flash to see him on his way for 4.

Bennett was joined by Ali Raza at the crease with Raza looking in good touch, depositing Singh into the virtual playground before Sariman was again in the game taking a smart catch down the leg side to send Raza on his way for 13 from 5.

A nice little partnership developed between Bennett and Longstaff before Bennett fell to a good catch by Mackinlay for 23 off the bowling of Todd Henderson who had copped some tap early in the over but came away with the last laugh.

At the halfway mark of the innings, the score had moved to 4-82 with both teams yet to wrestle the momentum in their favour. Albury started to do this however, with John Spencer claiming the wicket of Longstaff for 27 and Kade Brown finding the edge of Joel Marks’ bat to see him caught behind by Sariman for 24.

The big momentum shift however came when Hamish Mackinlay picked up two wickets in an over to leave Riding Mill reeling at 8-116. First, Mackinlay took the big wicket of Riding Mill skipper Aly Hall, with Spencer taking a sharp chance before finding the edge of Greenwood’s bat to keep the ever reliable Sariman in the game claiming his 5th dismissal of the innings.

Mark Butcher and Tony Potts showed some lower order firepower to lift the Riding Mill total to a more than respectable 8 for 162. The two were innovative, creative and at times fortunate in their unbeaten 46 run stand for the 9th wicket with Butcher finishing 25 not out and Potts dealing only in boundaries and sixes on his way to 24 not out.

The run chase was always going to be an interesting one with Riding Mill needing to take wickets at regular intervals to help stem the flow of runs. Dice Cricket veteran Brian Watson delivered the goods second ball of the innings with Alex Popko out stumped by Greenwood for just 2. Dom Stockdale ensured all was not lost however, hitting two towering sixes to take the score to 1-18 after the opening over.

After getting hit for back to back boundaries by Nat Sariman, Tony Potts found himself on a hat trick, removing Sariman caught and bowled before trapping Mackinlay in front first ball for 0. Kade Brown may have not realised it was a hat trick ball as he had been busily padding up not expecting to be at the crease so quickly. Potts, attempting a yorker delivered a half volley that Brown put straight back over his head for 6.

Mark Butcher’s over was an expensive one with three sixes coming off it with Brown and Stockdale building a formidable partnership at the crease. Riding Mill skipper Aly Hall was able to put the breaks on the scoring, claiming the wicket of Brown who was out to a great catch by Bennett who was fielding at leg gully.

The following over will be the most talked about one of the tour so far with Joel Marks getting hit for six by Stockdale first ball and then taken for a cheeky single the following ball before four balls of mayhem ensued.

John Spencer looked to get off the mark advancing down the wicket to a well flighted delivery from Marks which moved off the surface just enough to pass the bat with Gez Greenwood effecting a quality stumping to send him on his way without scoring.

The next delivery was again tossed up with Albury skipper Ross Dickson attempting to work the ball through the onside. He was through the shot too early however, with a leading edge ballooning to Ali Raza who claimed the catch to put Marks on a hat trick.

Todd Henderson strode to the crease and it seemed he was intent on just seeing the hat trick ball off and calming things down. Marks again tossed it up, trapping Henderson on the pads with the umpire turning down a huge appeal suggesting Henderson had managed to get a faint inside edge to a ball that looked destined to be missing both off and leg stumps and hitting halfway up middle. There was a huge shout for LBW the following ball with Henderson saved this time by being struck outside the line to a ball that looked like it may have been coming back enough to hit the top of off.

This is where the excitement stopped for Riding Mill with Henderson and Stockdale crafting a majestic partnership to both work their way to half centuries in the penultimate over of the game. Scott Dickson was left with the task of bowling the final over to two set batsmen needing fourteen for victory. Stockdale wasted no time in securing the win for the hosts finishing things off with a towering six and back to back boundaries.

It was a case of the one that got away for Riding Mill with both teams having opportunities throughout to claim the ascendancy with the Albury lads able to win the key moments in the game coming away with a four wicket win with three balls to spare.

Dom Stockdale was named official Cricket Library Player of the match for his 64 not out.

The tour will continue this week, make sure you stay tuned to our twitter feed and website for all of the latest news and of course be certain to catch up with the latest on the Cricket Library Podcast.

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Tom has Place in Pomborneit CC History with Dice Cricket Debut to Remember

Tom Place has had a dice cricket debut to remember claiming 2 for 11 and peeling off an incredible 89 not out to see the Pomborneit Bulls claim victory over the touring Riding Mill Cricket Club on their virtual tour of Australia.

After winning the toss and batting Riding Mills first assignment was to ensure they batted their full allotment of ten overs having been bowled out in their previous two fixtures.

Things did not get off to an ideal start for the tourists at the virtual Pomborneit Recreation Reserve when Sam Darcy had Riding Mill opener Jonny Bennett trapped plumb in front for 6 in the opening over.

Scott Dickson and Steve Kent who was coming off runs in previous fixtures set about re-building the innings moved the score along to 54 before Kent edged one through to Dave Murphy behind the stumps off the bowling of Josh Place for 26. Dave Murphy again chimed in with a smart catch to remove Collins for 1 and giving Josh Place the very tidy figures of 2 for 7.

Dickson was building his innings nicely as Riding Mill skipper Liam James came and went for 0 out LBW to Pomborneit captain Grant Place bringing Ali Raza to the crease. Raza rotated the strike well giving Dickson the opportunity to bring up a well made half century off just 19 balls.

Riding Mill were on track for a big score at 4-124 with two overs to play, however, Tom Place was able to put the breaks on with a double breakthrough. Scott Dickson skied a short ball that took some catching from keeper Dave Murphy which saw him on his way for 83. Luke Reynolds then chimed in with a sharp catch to remove Raza for 6 with the game still well and truly in the balance.

Iain Longstaff and Joel Marks scored some valuable runs in the final over to take the total to a respectable 6 for 155.

The run chase got off to an explosive start with two towering sixes hit in the opening over as well as the departure of Dave Murphy who was clean bowled by Potts after getting off the mark with a 6.

Tom Place got into his work immediately taking a liking to Butcher dispatching him over the virtual rope first ball of the over and followed this with an exquisite boundary through the covers and then back to back sixes and another boundary before nudging a single to fine leg on the final ball of the over to retain the strike.

Steve Murphy was enjoying the view from the non-strikers end more than happy to ensure Place was facing the majority of deliveries. The partnership continued to build with Place going past 50 much to the delight of the virtual crowd and at 1-98 at the halfway mark, the hosts were thinking that dice cricket is a pretty easy game.

Riding Mill skipper Liam James had other ideas however, trapping Steve Murphy in front for 39 and finding himself on a hat trick after Easton Wood skied the next delivery into the safe hands of Iain Longstaff. Luke Reynolds negotiated the hat trick ball with he and Place deciding to see off the skipper and look to find runs elsewhere.

Unfortunately for Mick Collins, he copped the brunt of some more powerful striking from Tom Place who raced to 76 dispatching two boundaries early in the over and completing the damage with two consecutive towering sixes to conclude the over.

Steve Kent and Jonny Bennet were not able to reel them in, despite a huge shout for LBW when Place was on 88. Luke Reynolds brought up the victory with a well timed on drive to bring up the winning runs.

It was no surprise that Tom Place was awarded the official player of the match honours with his performance with both bat and ball.

Riding Mill now need to re group before heading to virtual Albury on the weekend to take on the Albury Cricket Club who are also making their highly anticipated dice cricket debuts.

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Dice Cricket debutants looking to dent the hopes of Riding Mill

Pomborneit Cricket Club was established in 1883 and has a rich history of being an inclusive and progressive club. They have men’s senior teams who play in the South West Cricket Association in Victoria as well as 2 grades of women’s senior cricket in the Colac District Cricket Association’s Women’s competition.

They also have junior boys and girls teams as well as a Woolworths Cricket Blast Centre where the next generation of players can learn and develop their cricket skills.

It is our understanding however, that this may be the first time that Pomborneit Cricket Club will be taking part in a game of dice cricket. No doubt the anticipation levels are high as players prepare themselves to take on seasoned campaigners Riding Mill who have toured Australia previously and participated in domestic dice cricket leagues in the UK.

Riding Mill have played four games on their tour to date including victories over Burrabadine and Dubbo CYMS before going down to the Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs and Kissing Point.

There are a couple of changes for Riding Mill who continue to utilise all members of their 13 strong touring party with Brian Watson recovering from some muscle stiffness after his cameo at the batting crease against Kissing Point while it is believed Aly Hall is just being rested and will return for the game on the weekend.

As usual you can follow the coverage of the game on the official Cricket Library Twitter feed with full scorecards and match reports to follow the completion of the match.

It is great to have Pomborneit involved in the tour and we wish them all the best for their dice cricket debut!

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Bovey Blasts Bulldogs Home

An inspired 46 from just 13 balls from Rikki Bovey has blasted the Bulldogs to victory in their dice cricket fixture against Riding Mill.

Riding Mill who were coming off two straight wins to star their virtual tour of Australia suffered were buoyant about their chances leading into the fixture with the Bulldogs.

After winning the toss and batting first, the visitors were in massive trouble soon after Jonny Bennett hit the opening ball of the match to the boundary. Rod Guy got the next delivery spot on finding the edge of Bennett’s bat with Will Morley taking a neat catch behind the stumps. On the final ball of the over Steve Kent, who had been moved up the order in the absence of Scott Dickson, also fell at the hands of Guy who decked one back into the top of off stump leaving the visitors reeling at 2-9.

Although the runs began to flow batters were coming and going with Raza knocked over by Wills for 8 off three and Aly Hall edging one to Morley off the bowling of Mann for 16 off 6. Soon after, Tim Cameron found the edge of Longstaff’s bat seeing him on his way back to the virtual pavilion after he had got off the mark with a towering six.

Bulldogs skipper bowled a very tidy over to put the breaks on the scoring with Joel Marks surviving a huge shout for LBW with the umpire believing Perry’s leg break was spinning too much for him to be able to adjudge him LBW.

Charlie Cull picked up the big wicket of Riding Mill skipper Liam James for 27 off 11 with Will Morley continuing his day out with the gloves taking a sharp catch down the legside. Mick Collins wasted no time getting going with a couple of sixes in his first three deliveries at the crease.

With Riding Mill at 6-93 after 6 overs, their run rate was tracking ok but wickets in hand was a concern. This was accentuated in the following over, Jack Carey claiming two wickets in the 7th over taking a sharp return catch to dismiss Marks for 14 off 7. This was followed by Carey getting hit for four and six by Mark Butcher but having the last laugh on the next delivery when Butcher was adjudged LBW for 10 leaving Riding Mill 8-108 and desperate to bat out their overs.

Brad McMillan had a huge shout for LBW turned down on the first ball of his over but managed to come away with the wicket of Greenwood when Gez Greenwood chopped one on after attempting a cut stroke.

The innings came to a premature close when Morley whipped the bails off in a flash to send Collins on his way for 23 off 7, leaving Potts not out on 8 and Riding Mill all out for an under par 126.

The intentions of the Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs was very clear with Rikki Bovey & Ethan Perry having a rapid fire 47 run opening stand. Remarkably, Perry had only faced one delivery when the first wicket fell with Bovey inflicting plenty of damage on the Riding Mill bowlers before Mick Collins sent his off stump cartwheeling out of the ground.

Things continued on nicely for the Bulldogs with Perry and Morley moving the score onto 73 before Longstaff trapped Morley in front for 14 off 8. Aly Hall managed to get a double breakthrough the following over with Perry who had been starved of the strike stumped by Greenwood for 13 off 7 and Carey coming and going out caught behind for six off two balls.

Although Raza managed to pick up the wicket of Cull for 9 the job was as good as done with captain Sam Perry coming in and blasting a towering 6 to get off the mark and Brad McMillan cruising to 32 not out including a delicate late cut for two to bring up the winning runs with 2.3 overs to spare.

There were a lot of potential candidates for player of the match with the judges awarding the official honour to Bulldogs opener Rikki Bovey for his destructive innings at the top of the order which set the tone for the run chase.

The tour continues this weekend with Riding Mill hoping to bounce back when they take on Kissing Point Cricket Club at virtual Auluba Oval in Sydney.

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Can the Bulldogs stop the Riding Mill Juggernaut?

The Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs are priming themselves for what promises to be another dice cricket blockbuster this Wednesday night 6:30pm UK time when they take on a Riding Mill outfit who are riding high after back to back wins to start their virtual tour of Australia.

When they last toured, it was a high scoring affair with Riding Mill coming away with a 6 wicket victory after peeling off 170 in 8.4 overs on the virtual Wagga Wagga Cricket Ground surface that was very batter friendly.

With a wet start to the summer in Australia, it will be interesting to see if the runs will be flowing in a similar manner early this Thursday morning Australian time. The Bulldogs will be again skippered by their first grade captain and leg spin bowling all rounder Sam Perry. Sam’s younger brother Ethan is expected to be a key man at the top of the order after registering a rapid 47 off 14 the last time the two teams met with Joel Marks the one to snare the key wicket.

Riding Mill have continued to adopt a rotation policy with Brian Watson and Scott Dickson making way for the return of Iain Longstaff and Tony Potts. Steve Kent has been moved to the top of the order and will be looking to take the opportunity with both hands.

As always you can follow the action via the official Cricket Library twitter feed with a full match report and scorecards to follow the day after the game is completed.

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Barber Brilliance Not Enough To Get CYMS Home As Riding Mill Go Back To Back

Tom Barber has claimed a hat trick and scored 30 off nine balls but it has not been enough to get Dubbo CYMS across the line as Riding Mill snuck home to claim a second consecutive win on their virtual tour of Australia.

With conditions perfect for batting, CYMS skipper Angus Norton had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss. Norton would be joined by his opening batting parter Marty Nelson getting the CYMS innings off to a flyer racing to 0-39 after the opening two overs from Watson and Butcher.

After surviving a huge shout for LBW, Marty Nelson was the first to depart out to a neat catch by Greenwood behind the stumps off the bowling of Collins for 18. This was soon followed by another good catch from Greenwood off the bowling off Kent to remove Norton for 32 off just 10 balls.

Joel Marks copped a bit of punishment from the powerful Paul Suckling who deposited one in the virtual tennis courts before Marks had the last laugh bowling Suckling for 15. Hall soon picked up the big wicket of Patterson LBW for 5 and the game was evenly poised with Dubbo CYMS 4-98 with a nice partnership building between Weekes and Barber.

After some further consolidation with 17 coming off the Ali Raza over, skipper Liam James had an immediate impact removing the set Barber for 30 off 9. Edmunds came in and immediately got the runs flowing getting off the mark with a huge six that crashed into the virtual scoreboard.

Dickson was able to tighten the screws with Greenwood adding to his two catches with the stumping of Edmunds for 23 off 9. Debutant Ben James got his first taste of dice cricket finishing 2 not out with Gavin Weekes steering the ship at the other end making a valuable 26 from just 13 deliveries.

The Riding Mill run chase got off to an absolute flyer with Scott Dickson clearing the virtual pickets on three consecutive deliveries before Corey Suckling had the last laugh sending the stumps cartwheeling to remove the dangerous Dickson for 18 in an eventful first over.

Ben O’Donnell was greeted to the bowling crease by Liam James who deposited his first delivery into the virtual cricket nets before he struck back wrapping the skipper on the pads and was sent back to the pavilion for 8.

Ali Raza and Jonny Bennett were increasing the score at a rapid rate before debutant Ben James finished his over with the wicket of Bennett who had compiled a more than useful 37 off just 12 balls. Despite the wicket, Riding Mill were well and truly in the box seat at 3-76 with 6 overs still to be bowled.

A steady flow of wickets continued to provide hope to CYMS with Edmunds removing Hall for a golden duck, Patterson accounting for Marks who made 12 and Paul Suckling luring Raza down the track before Weekes had the bails off in a flash to se him depart for 27.

However, the Riding Mill run rate continued to escalate with the score moving to 6 for 130 leaving only 22 runs to get off the remaining 18 deliveries. This would normally be a walk in the park but what was about to happen would turn the game on its head.

Tom Barber after being hit for 6 by Steve Kent was caught behind thanks to an athletic catch from Gavin Weekes. Next ball, saw Barber taking the catch of the tour so far, moving briskly to his left to see Butcher on his way first ball and finding himself on a hat trick.

Captain Angus Norton brought the field in for the hat trick ball which Greenwood skied high into the Dubbo skyline with the ever reliable Paul Suckling moving steadily to his right to claim the catch with the CYMS fans going into raptures in acknowledgement of the heroics on display.

Brian Watson strode to the crease with he and Collins needing to find a way to reach the total without losing the final wicket. Collins hit a six followed by a three to put the number 11 on strike. Somehow, Watson managed to get a thick outside edge sending the ball down to third man. Despite a valiant effort from Norton who had to cover a lot of ground in the field and prevent a boundary, the Riding Mill batsmen made it home for the three most valuable runs of Watson’s distinguished career, bringing up victory for the visitors.

Tom Barber was named the Cricket Library player of the match with reports that there will be an official presentation of the match dice at a later date in acknowledgement of his hat trick and all round performance.

The next assignment for Riding Mill is on January 5 when they will take on the Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs at the virtual Wagga Cricket Ground.

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