GAME CHANGER: Tom Galvin tore through Penrith’s middle order with a devastating four-over spell of 3-2. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0923riacrick1A FOURTH-WICKET stand of 150 from Orange batsman Daniel Donato and Bathurst’s Ryan Peacock helped Western Zone under 17s to a convincing six-wicket win over Penrith’s Green Shield outfit yesterday at Riawena Oval.
Entering the crease with the score at 3-9 after Penrith opener Phil Gorman (3-12) tore through the hosts’ top order, Donato (51 retired) and Peacock (87) put together a match-defining innings for Western Zone and secured the under 17s group a confidence-boosting victory ahead of today’s clash with St George.
Taking home the Stuart Webster Trophy thanks to the victory over Penrith, Western Zone coach Jordan Moran was thrilled with his side’s performance leading into today’s annual Brian Booth Trophy clash with St George.
“Historically, St George have been a tough opponent for us,” Moran said.
“But a game under our belts now and with half of the team playing again, (yesterday’s win over Penrith) will be good for us.”
Bowling first on a low and slow Riawena Oval surface, Western made the most of the home ground advantage to bowl out the visitors for 184.
Orange bowler Hugh Britton was strong early for Western Zone, netting 3-26 from his eight overs, but it was the work of Western Zone skipper Tom Galvin that had Moran smiling after the triumph.
“He brought himself on and bowled four overs and took 3-2,” the coach said.
“They were LBW, LBW and bowled … full and straight. That was the game changer for us.
“He got their opener out for 46 and it was smooth sailing from there.”
After a successful start to the squad’s trial matches in Orange, Western Zone will today back up and face St George’s Green Shield side in a 50-over contest.
Play will begin today from 10am at Riawena Oval.
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