Upsets aplenty in round fifteen of Upper Hunter Cricket Association season

HEATING UP: Merriwa continued along their merry way with a comfortable win over Brook Silver at the weekend.
HEATING UP: Merriwa continued along their merry way with a comfortable win over Brook Silver at the weekend.

THE Bushrangers and Belmore Bulls have both pulled off crucial wins over finals rivals as the final ladder position becomes more difficult to predict.

Rouchel and Murrurundi remain second and third on the table respectively, but will be feeling a lot less comfortable after suffering upset losses at the weekend.

The former were held to 170, falling 22 runs short of the Belmore Bulls, who have charged home in the second half of the season to record seven wins out of their last nine fixtures.

This incredible run of form has seen them launch into fourth place, and they now sit just six points off of a coveted top two spot.

The Bushrangers also put in a top tier performance against Murrurundi, who were dismissed for just 47 from 20 overs, courtesy of a spellbinding 6 for 16 from Lee Wilson.

Jake Teague was the stand out batsman, blasting an unbeaten 112 as his side posted a score of 162 batting first, he also took 2 for 2 with the ball, securing a well deserved man of the match title.

Belltrees also continued to apply pressure on the A grade finals spots by crushing lowly Brook Blue by 159 runs, as Hayden Quinlivan and Brad McCosker fought their way to 54 a piece in an impressive batting display.

Incredibly, after such a bizarre and important round, the ladder has stayed the exact same, with Merriwa doing what they needed to against Brook Silver and Bunnan’s match against Aberdeen being washed out.

The gap between second and seventh has closed to just two games however, and the stability of the table isn’t likely to last long, with the Bushrangers and Bulls clashing next week, as well as testing away matches for Belltrees and Murrurundi.

While Merriwa’s continued dominance would indicate it’s a one-horse race with the rest competing for second, when finals time comes around the spectacular is common, and bolters like the Bulls are sure to cause chaos.

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