Kim Garth and Laura Delany had a busy week. On Sunday, they lined out for their Dandenong side, in a T20 against Essendon MP.

In the first innings, Essendon finished on 136-4, Garth’s 4 overs going for 0-20 and Delany’s 6 balls for 10. In the second innings, strong performances from Garth (53) and Delany (30) gave them hope, but unfortunately they lost by 20 runs.

However, “The Dandy’s” bounced back in style. On Wednesday, playing the Grand Final of the T20 competition against the same opposition, they finished the first innings on only 107-8, Garth contributing 7 runs, leaving their opponents a modest target.

However, Garth’s 5-10 in her 4 overs played a massive part in their win by a margin of 44 runs, to take their first silverware of the season.

Sophie McMahon’s Gordon Blues also won their T20 cup this week. On Sunday, they beat Sydney by 33 runs in their semi-final (McMahon bowled 2 overs, 0-17, and she took a catch), to qualify for their final in NSW. There, they played Northern District. Finishing on 100-6, the Blues then took Northern’s apart, dismissing them for 59 runs, McMahon taking 1-3 in her one over.

Leah Paul and Rebecca Stokell’s Ringwood won a 20 over contest against Box Hill. Stokell opened the batting, going for 5 of Ringwood’s total of 86-9, with Paul contributing a further 14 runs. In reply, Box Hill finished their 20 overs on 82-5, Paul taking a catch in a close contest.

Nathan Smith’s Northern District lost a 50 over 1st Grade game to UTS North Sydney. UTS finished on 270-5, Smith with 0-57 being one of a number of Northern bowlers to struggle, and batting at 7, he scored 3 runs, as his side lost by 78 runs.

Jacob Mulder’s South Perth played day one of a 2-day contest with University on Saturday, with University being dismissed for 310 runs in the 90th over, Mulder’s figures 0-33 in 7 overs.

Ross Allen’s Centrals played a 50-over game against La Trobe. In the first innings, Allen scored 16 runs, with Centrals finishing 145-8. Not a big total, but more than enough as it turned out, Allen taking 4-15 in his 10 overs, as they dismissed their opponents for 91 runs.

Aaron Gillespie is back at Albury after the red ball games in Sri Lanka, and he played his part in a win on Saturday against Tallangatta. Dismissing their opponents for 145 - Gillespie taking 1-9 in his 3 overs - they knocked off the runs required in 37 over, Gillespie getting 9 of them, for a 4 wicket win.

Preston went down to a defeat on the second day of their encounter with Box Hill, despite the best efforts of their Irish contingent. In the first innings, Fionn Hand took 3-66 in his 16 overs, as their opponents scored 320- in their 80 overs. On Saturday, Fionn (31) and Eoghan Delany (43) were both in the runs before being run out, however Preston finished on 210.

Aaron Wright’s Merbein are half-way through a 2-day game against Nichols Point. Their opponents finished on Saturday, all out for 187, Wright bowling one over (0-7). Merbein finished the day on 51-3, with Wright on an unbeaten 5*, to resume next weekend.

Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin’s Lisarow lost a T20 against Entrance, Cormac run out on 2 runs.

Aditya Adey’s Bathurst City played 2 day games against City Colts in the first grade cup and in 2nd grade, both played on 12th & 19th January, and (according to the scorecards) he played in both games!

The First Grade Cup saw Bathurst finish on 171-9 off 40 overs, Adey scoring 7. Colts finished on 94-9 after 23 overs, Adey taking 2-7 in his 4 overs. In the 2nd Grade game, Adey scored 14 of their 335 runs in 75 overs. Colts replied with 195ao.

Two players I didn’t know was down under, until Ryan Haire alerted us, are the young NCU players Jamie Magowan, and Sam Gordon who are playing for Katamitate in Victoria’s Barooga Sporties Premier Division.

Magowan has played 8 games to date, scoring 180 runs (high score 90) at an average of 26.25. While he doesn’t appear to have kept wicket, he has taken 4 catches (and bowled 3 overs, 0-20). Gordon has opened batting, and averaged 13.13, and with the ball has averaged an impressive 14.78, with 6-18 his best return.

Finally, our New Zealand dispatch, and this week Otumoetai fell to a heavy defeat against Mount Maunganui who made 255 in their allocated overs, with Otumoetai replying with 150 . James Metcalfe made 27 and had two stumpings and Jonathan Waite made 7 but this proved not to be enough.

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