Another sublime performance from Oriental Hotel’s Jared Clulow ensured Lawson Park Hotel would have a nervous Christmas and New Year break.
The former Western and Mudgee representative smacked 93 with the bat and took 4-11 off 10 overs in Oriental’s 118-run win over the competition leaders.
It’s the second consecutive match in which Clulow has produced a stellar performance. He took 6-24 against Woolpack Hotel a fortnight ago.
The win moves the defending premiers within striking distance of Lawson Park who have been the leaders for the first half of the 2012-13 season.
Clulow went on the attack from the start, sticking it to Lawson Park’s opening bowlers Trent Bright (0-50 off six overs) and Darren Snyder (1-24 off two).
Although Snyder had Clulow dropped early on, the stalwart of Mudgee cricket bullied the bowlers and showed little respect, dispatching their deliveries to and over the boundary.
Mark Hundy hit six fours in his score of 30 while Stuart Bromley provided the supporting role.
When Clulow was dismissed seven runs short of triple figures, Bromley stepped up to the plate.
Ever consistent, the Gulgong representative showed why he was one of the form players in the region.
His 64 guided Oriental to a handy total of 269.
Andrew Gay was the best of the bowlers for the Parkers, taking 3-38 off eight overs.
Lawson Park’s run chase got off to a horrific start as they lost Stuart Fredericks (6), Jacob Suttor (2) and Gay (2) before the score had reached 15.
Snyder and Bright – who were the two bowlers targeted by Clulow – got some sort of revenge as they posted 29 runs for the fourth-wicket before Snyder was bowled by Clulow for 19.
Bright went on to contribute 44 to Lawson Park’s innings before he was caught off the bowling of Greg Hundy (3-30 off five).
Michael Ford played one of his best innings of the season when he scored 34.
But losing too many wickets early on cost the Parkers the chance to record a historic victory as they were bowled out for 151.
CLOSE: Oriental Hotel batsman Jared Clulow tries to defend a jumping delivery from Nick Chapman as Lawson Park Hotel wicketkeeper Stuart Fredericks watches on. Photo: SANDY SMITH
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