Nyngan’s hopes of a Brewery Shield final are over after a resounding loss to Dubbo on Sunday at Frank Smith oval.
The Bogan Brown Snakes suffered a 63-run loss to Dubbo ending Nyngan’s campaign.
Captain Jackson Hedges said despite some fantastic bowling and fielding work needs to be done to improve their batting.
“The bowling and fielding effort for the first two sessions was excellent with no dropped catches having Dubbo 8/83,” Hedges said.
“However we let Dubbo off the hook in the last session with plenty of missed chances to let them get to 146.”
“Our batting needs a lot of work after only making 83.”
“Brad McDougall was the only batsman to show any resistance with 31.”
For Hedges it was young players Terrance Ryan and Tyler Martin who really showed promise.
“Terrance Ryan was our best bowler taking 3/39 from 10 overs, closely followed by Tyler Martin with 2/14 off 8 overs,” he said.
“Both these players are only 17 and 16 years old.”
The Dubbo side needed a win to ensure top spot but that result looked unlikely when the visitors were reduced to 5/37 at the Snakepit.
But captain Angus Norton stood up and his half century helped guide the side to the defendable total of 146.
New ball bowlers James Hughes and Jacob Hill then kept things incredibly tight early on and Mitch Ashford benefited from the pressure on the Nyngan batsman, taking 5-11 from five overs.
"I am really pleased to get a tough win in some really challenging conditions,” Norton said.
“It was great to see all the guys dig deep to support each other both on and off the field."
While the performance was far from perfect it was the kind Norton had asked for.
In the lead-up to the game he had called for the players to show fight and ensure they have a spot in a lineup which was already certain to play finals.
The batsmen may not have fired, but Ashford stepped up and delivered.
"I was very pleased with Mitch Ashford's efforts today (Sunday),” the captain stated.
“I challenged the younger players during the week to cement their spots, and he certainly answered that call with his five wicket haul."
Norton won the toss and batted at Nyngan but things began terribly as Gilbert Chaseling (0), Jake Settree (4), and Jacob Hill (2) were all back in the sheds before the score reached 10.
Ben Wheeler (6) also departed early and when Connor Watts fell for 11 to make it 5-37 it appeared the end would be coming quickly.
Norton and Tom Barber then started the rebuild.
It wasn’t east going against a Nyngan attack led by the impressive spell from Terrence Ryan but the pair slowly got the score ticking over.
Barber fell for 24 but tailenders Bailey Edmunds (14) and Mitch Lincoln (12) supported Norton, who went on to finish 58 not out.
“I was very pleased with my performance with the bat. I came to the crease with us struggling at 5/37, and got us to a very good score of 146 with some outstanding lower contributions from Bailey Edmunds, James Hughes and Mitch Lincoln,” Norton stated.
The total of 146 wasn’t a huge one to defend but Dubbo’s opening bowlers of James Hughes (1/6 off six) and Jacob Hill (1/8 off six) immediately put their side on the front foot.
Fellow seamer Bailey Edmunds (2/13) kept the visitors on top and then Mitch Ashford took over.
The RSL-Colts spinner ripped through the Nyngan middle and lower order, with only Brad McDougall (31) showing any resistance.
Ashford finished with 5/11 from five as Nyngan was rolled for just 83.
The Brown Snakes still have two games left this season, travelling to Wellington this Sunday and Narromine the next.
The final will be at Dubbo on March 17.