A REMARKABLE ninth-wicket partnership of 152 between Nick Moran and Gerard Hannelly has earned CYMS a memorable two-wicket win over Orange City Warriors at Jack Brabham 4 on Saturday.
Faced with the unenviable task of chasing 253 and staring at an early loss of points at 7-116 at stumps on day one, Hannelly got the ball rolling for CYMS when play resumed with a 32-run stand with Pat Duffy before he became Jason Corby’s fourth wicket of the match.
With Moran at the crease, CYMS were still a hope and that hope extended to reality following a 40-over stand that took the green and golds past the Warriors’ first innings total in the 77th over.
CYMS finished at 8-300, with Hannelly top scoring unbeaten on 75 while Moran finished up 56 not out.
The win will edge CYMS closer to securing a top three place in the finals race while the eight points that went begging will almost certainly make qualifying for a place in the 2012-13 ODCA second grade finals an impossible task for the Warriors.
One of the sides the Warriors need to chase is Gladstone, but the ODCA lower grade Twenty20 champs did its chance of making the finals no harm courtesy of a 103-run first innings win over Kinross.
Gladstone batted first and made 196 off 58 overs before being bowled out.
Gary Cole made 44 while Rich Manning made 40.
For Kinross, Stu Crisp took 3-33.
In reply, the students never got the run chase off and running, losing wickets at regular intervals as Gladstone quick Ben McAlpine tore through Kinross’s line-up to take 5-30 off 20.1 overs.
Centrals narrowly missed out on an outright victory against Waratahs in the ODCA third grade competition.
Resuming at 6-155, 30 runs ahead of Waratahs first innings total, Centrals went on to make 222 before Anthony Salmon cleaned up to take 6-46 as his side tried to bowl Waratahs out and pick up maximum points.
But ‘Tahs, led by Brendan Centofanti (39), dug deep to hold on until stumps at 9-120.
In the third round of the Centenary Cup Challenge, Orange City and CYMS Fahys tied.
Batting first, Orange City posted 9-115 in 20 overs.
Needing eight off the final over to win, Fahys batsmen Tom Belmonte (26 not out) and Luke Kilkeary (32no) managed just seven runs, with the green and golds finishing level with City at 3-115.
In the final Twenty20 challenge game on Saturday, Damian Kirkness led City to the imposing total of 5-175 with a not out 75 against CYMS Kelly’s.
Ben Larsen then took 5-21 to help dismiss Kelly’s for 86.