The first round of the 2021 cricket season was completed last weekend with Division 2 Young Gunners batsman Craig Willis the standout performer opening the season with the competition's first century. The opening weekend of matches saw wins to Cootamundra Crusaders, Temora Shamrock Hotel and Young's Young Hotel Coyotes in the Delta Agribusiness Division One competition.
For the Australian Hotel Young Coyotes in Division One the side's top order started in good form with the three at the top, Ben Murray (72), Smithie Goodman (51) and Jarvan Hurcum (34) setting the platform for the sides win. In the Blooms Chemist Division Two competition Stockinbingal Country Club started off the season with a win over Wombat Hotel, Cootamundra Family Hotel Bulldogs had a win over Young Criterion Hotel Gunners and the Temora Bowling Club Tigers were successful over Temora Ex-Services Club Renegades. This weekend in Division 1 matches Cootamundra's Central Hotel host Young Services Club Blues, the Australian Hotel Coyotes Young host Cootamundra's Come Alive Crusaders at Albert Park, in a local derby Temora Shamrock Hotel clashes with Temora Mimosa Whirlwinds at Nixon Park. In Division Two Family Hotel Cootamundra hosts Stockinbingal at Fisher Park, Temora Bowling Club Tigers are at home to Criterion Hotel Gunners Young at Nixon Park 2 and Wombat Hotel will host Temora Renegades at Barry Grace Oval. For Cootamundra Central Hotel the standout performances from last weekend were from Aaron Cronin with the bat and John Stephens with the ball in the side's loss to the Temora Shamrock Hotel.
Cronin top scored for Central with 33 while Stephens took 3-16 off his eight overs.
For Family Hotel Bulldogs in Division two against Criterion Hotel Gunners Young James Smith (71) and Scott Roberts (77 not out) helped guide the side to victory chasing down 234 for victory. In the Wombat Hotel and Stockinbingal match Nick Holt was the standout batsman with 85 for Stock.
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