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Rampaging Ryan rips apart Roads top order

O’Neill five-wicket haul inspires Tatts to big win

 Tatts opening bowler Ryan O’Neill returns to his mark, as his teammates continue to celebrate a wicket. O’Neill has taken eight wickets in two 45-over games this season, including a five-wicket haul against Crossroads Hotel on Saturday in his side’s 74-run victory.

The Tatts Cricket Club celebrated its second consecutive win of the 2017-18 Narrabri District Cricket Association first grade season on Saturday.

The side opened the batting in its round four match on Saturday against Crossroads Hotel, and made 7-191 from 45 overs. Crossroads then batted for 45 overs itself, but could only post 9-117 to lose by 74 runs.

At the forefront of the Tatts victory was opening bowler Ryan O’Neill.

After taking 3-10 off five overs in his first match, a round three win against RSL, O’Neill stepped it up a gear in round four against Crossroads.

After his side set the Roads 192 to chase, O’Neill all but dashed any chance of that happening by just the third over.

He took the ball for the first over of the innings.

With just the second ball of the over he dismissed Crossroads’ Chris Sargent, trapping him LBW for a duck.

Roads skipper Luke Meppem entered at three and got off the mark with a single from the fifth ball of the over.

That left the defending premiers’ other opener Abhi Paudel on strike.

O’Neill struck again, bowling Paudel for a golden duck.

That made the score 2-1.

Two overs later things went from bad to worse for Crossroads.

The Michael Cain-bowled second over went for just two runs, which advanced the score to 2-3.

But in his second over - the third of the game - O’Neill delivered again, taking wickets on the first and last balls of the over to produce a double-wicket maiden and make the score 4-3.

He trapped Luke Baker LBW for a golden duck, before bowling Tim Hayne for a duck five balls later.

The opening bowler’s final wicket came from the final ball of his ninth and final over.

And it was the big one - which saw him dismiss Meppem for 34.

Meppem faced 136 deliveries during his time in the middle before being caught by keeper Mitch Lawty.

That wicket saw O’Neill finish on 5-32 from his nine overs, which included two maidens.

That wicket made the score 7-90 after 33 overs.