A CALM knock of 38 not out from Dave Neil and some late-order hitting from Hugh Le Leivre on Wednesday night guided CYMS to tonight’s Royal Hotel Cup semi-final.
The green and golds needed to defeat Kinross in the final Pool A round match of the 2012-13 Orange District Cricket Association Twenty20 competition and did it largely on the back of a strong total of 7-134 with the bat.
Skipper Trent Colley got the ball rolling with 28 at the top of the order while coming in at five, Neil hit an unbeaten 38 off 32 balls to anchor a CYMS’ total that impressively had 87 added to it in the final 10 overs.
Le Leivre hit 22 off 14 balls to rocket his new side to 7-134 from 20 overs.
In reply both Sam Dwyer and Nick Wright picked up three wickets to dismiss the students for 88 in the 16th over.
Dwyer did the job for CYMS with the ball, claiming 3-24 including the big wickets of Stu Crisp and Andrew Litchfield while Wright cleaned up the tail to bag 3-9 and helped secure the 46-run triumph at Wade Park.
Neil, who returned to form with his unbeaten knock on Wednesday night, was thrilled his side clinched victory in the must-win match.
“That was the ideal way to play leading into the semi-final against Blayney,” Neil said. “The batsmen dug in early and hit runs late and Sammy particularly bowled well in the middle there to tie down Wolaroi’s batsmen. It was a good win to get ahead of (tonight’s) game.”