Rouchel flexes muscles against misfiring Bushrangers outfit

Belltrees Cricket Club president Ben McRae was pleased with their performance on the weekend. File Image.
Belltrees Cricket Club president Ben McRae was pleased with their performance on the weekend. File Image.

BUSHRANGERS are beginning to resemble the Australian cricket team during the late 2000s, when the likes of Ponting, Clarke and Hussey were racking up huge totals, only for bowlers such as Hilfenhaus, Bollinger and Hauritz (I tried so hard to forget about him) to come in and bugger it all up.

Despite possessing serious talent, they have slumped to 7th on the ladder after a loss to 2nd place Rouchel at the weekend.

Scoring 189 in the senior division would often mean victory, or at least a tight contest, but not when you concede 236 bowling first.

To be fair, the likes of Logan White and Adam Moore were expensive with the ball but also best with the bat, making 35 a piece. 

They’ll have a tough time next week too, with high-flying Murrurundi coming fresh off an impressive win against the previously undefeated Merriwa.

However, if they can straighten up their bowling they’ll be a red hot chance to take points and restart a charge towards finals.

Their performance looked extraordinary compared to the Bulls though, as the Scone side went down by 10 wickets against a barnstorming Belltrees lineup.

Playing away at Belltrees Sports Ground, which based on experience, probably had the on-field temperature of a live volcano on Saturday, the Bulls managed an admirable 126, before being caught in just the 23rd over.

Earl Burnett made an unbeaten 58, while his partner in crime Adam Williamson contributed strongly with 45 not out on their way to an easy victory.

Belltrees have now worked their way into 4th spot, while the Bulls remain in 8th, just percentage above Brook Silver.

In other results, Murrurundi tampered with Merriwa’s perfect start to the season with a 37 run win, Brook Blue copped a 147 run hammering from Aberdeen and Bunnan rode out a 31 run victory over a gallant Brook Silver side.

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