It was a tough week for the Riverina side at the Country Colts Championship in Bathurst which saw the side finish in sixth place after the four-day carnival.
The week got off to a tough start for the Riverina as they fell to a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Newcastle in their opening 50-over game on Monday.
Griffith's Dean Bennett, who was vice-captain of the Riverina side, made a difficult start with the bat after falling to a golden duck while Hay's Digby Lilburne (13) was able to break double digits as the Riverina were bowled out for 171.
While Bennett (2/28) didn't make the best start with the bat, his off-spinners gave his side a chance of getting back into the game with two wickets however it wasn't enough to stop the Newcastle side taking the points from the game.
Day two saw the Riverina side met Central Coast in their second 50-over clash.
Lilburne (1/13) was able to pick up his first wicket for the competition, and the Riverina side looked to be in a strong position holding the Central Coast side at 3/96 after 21 overs however the game was paused due poor air quality. Conditions continued to deteriorate during the day before play was eventually abandoned at 3pm.
Day three of the competition saw Riverina head into two Twenty20 games against North Coastal and Central Northern.
The air quality was still poor in the morning meaning the game against North Coastal was abandoned without a ball being bowled, the afternoon game against Central Northern was able to go ahead.
Bennett (19) was apart of a 67-run partnership which helped the Riverina side reach 5/168 at the end of their 20 overs. Central Northern was able to chase down the total with 1.3 overs remaining to take a three-wicket win with Bennett (1/27) picked up his third wicket of the competition.
In the final game of the competition, the Riverina side took on Greater Illawarra.
After the side made a slow start, Bennett (17) was able to play the supporting role in a 78-run third-wicket partnership which helped the Riverina side reach 155. Bennett (1/10) was able to pick up a wicket, but the Illawarra side was able to come away with a five-wicket win.
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