ORANGE City Warriors have started their revamped Orange District Cricket Association second grade campaign in the best possible fashion, laying the platform for a valuable win over CYMS with a strong day-one performance at Jack Brabham 4 on Saturday.
Up against the Pete Snowden-led CYMS, Jason Corby and the Warriors put on 252 from 49 overs on the tiny Brabham oval.
Leading from the front, Corby hit 43 while Ryan Milham and Jake Hannus both hit 55 in the Warriors’ big first innings total.
Snowden was his side’s best with the ball, leading an attack minus regular performers Nadeem Ashraf, Simon Roberts and Pat Madden to take 3-46 off 10 overs, while Gerard Hannelly also claimed multiple wickets, snaring 3-51.
The hot weather combined with chasing 252 for first innings points proved too much for CYMS, with Tom Evans (41) playing a lone hand as the green and golds made it to 7-116 at stumps, needing a further 137 for victory.
The competition’s leading wicket taker, Corby (3-23) was again at his best claiming three wickets off six overs.
Should City go on with it next Saturday, the potential points will push the Warriors into the ODCA’s second grade top four for the first time this season.
In other second grade action, Metro Force batted first against the table-topping Orange City, posting 144 from 33 overs.
Force’s Chris Pethybridge hit 50 while Jack Radnedge made 27 as City’s bowlers cleaned up around them, with Ben Findlay claiming 3-29, Adam Brakenridge 2-25 and Mark Toynton 2-32.
City will restart play in a commanding position at Max Stewart next Saturday.
In third grade action, Centrals have already earned first innings points against Waratahs, and will be hunting for an outright win when play resumes at Waratah Sportsground next weekend.
Bowling first, Centrals dismissed Tahs for 124 thanks largely to three wicket hauls from Brock Walker (3-11) and Barney Davis (3-12).
For Tahs, Jono Savill batted well for 54.
In reply, Centrals flew to be 0-52 after three overs before skipper Tristan Moon (27) was dismissed, with George Olsen (48) then carrying the side to 2-94.
Centrals will resume at 6-155 on Saturday.
The Centenary Cup completed its second round of the Challenge Cup Twenty20 competition last weekend.
CYMS Fahys was the unlucky side forced to play two games in the heat, and did well to split the points, winning by five wickets against Orange City then going down by five wickets against green and gold clubmates CYMS Kellys.
Luke Kilkeary hit a brilliant 61 not out in Fahys’ total of 8-143 versus Kellys, while with the ball Hugh Davis shone in taking 4-7 off four overs against Orange City at Anzac Park.