FIGURES of 6-18 from skipper Dave Boundy has rocketed Orange City to an equal share on top of the Orange District Cricket Association first grade ladder.
Orange City crushed Centrals by 59 runs at Wade Park on Saturday, bowling out the defending premiers for 100 after skittling them at 9-49 until Jarrod Simpson (42 not out) and Daniel Sandford (20) put on 51 for the final wicket.
It was too little too late by then though.
Orange City secured the crucial eight points and now sit on 52 along side CYMS, after the green and golds’ 40-run triumph over Cavaliers, on top of the ODCA ladder.
Cavaliers round out the top three on 50 points.
Centrals were in the match at stumps on day one even though they were 5-33, with the likes of Nick Dunlop and Mitch Harvey still to come to the crease.
But when Dunlop was bowled by Rutledge for two and Harvey (five) gifted Rutledge his second wicket for the session, the defending premiers were 7-42 and in massive trouble.
It didn’t get a whole lot better from there either, falling 59 runs short of victory.
Boundy ran through Centrals late on day one to finish the first day’s play with 4-5 before taking a further two on Saturday to finish his 10 overs with one maiden and 6-18.
“They sort of came out pretty well,” Boundy said.
“We took our catches until the ninth wicket when Sanga came out, but all in all, I couldn’t have asked for any more of the boys.”
While Boundy’s work set up the win on day one, the skipper praised the efforts of the experienced Rutledge, whose wiley work with the ball netted 3-25 off 12 overs and the two prized wickets on the final day’s play.
“Rut got the two big wickets in the morning; Dunlop and Harvey,” Boundy said.
“It was a good performance in the conditions. We didn’t give much away.”
In the other dressing sheds, Simpson said application, more than anything, let Centrals down when they needed it most.
“We just didn’t bat well enough. I think at one stage we were about 9-49 and that was it. It’s nowhere near good enough,” Simpson lamented.