RSL's big weekend

RSL celebrated a double over Crossroads Hotel on Saturday

RSL first grade batsman Andrew Irvine, centre, plays an eye-catching late cut during his side’s 82-run win against Crossroads Hotel on Saturday. Left is Crossroads wicketkeeper Tim Hayne, and right is Crossroads bowler Craig Trindall.

RSL celebrated its first double over Crossroads Hotel on Saturday afternoon.

And as a result it did its finals hopes a huge favour in both grades.

Its first grade side downed Crossroads for the second time in the 2016-17 Narrabri District Cricket Association season.

In second grade it was RSL’s first win against Crossroads this season, following four previous unsuccessful attempts.

In both matches RSL opened the batting and reached 200 runs.

The first grade side made 6-203 after 40 overs at Collins Park.

Openers Mick Dowdell (66) and Jake Brayshaw (56) top-scored, and got the ball rolling with a 91-run first-wicket stand.

From number three Andrew Irvine fell just short of the half century, falling for 48.

In reply Crossroads was all out for just 121.

At Cooma Oval RSL’s openers also got the job done.

Rod Tomlinson (65) and Tyson Gilmore (53) began the game with an 83-run partnership, then Craig O’Connor finished strong from number four with an unbeaten 43.

The side finished with 3-200.

All of RSL’s bowlers claimed at least one wicket, as the side dismissed Crossroads for 194 to record a six-run win.