CYMS are closing in on an outright win but Kinross plans to fight them all the way.
Playing in the opening day of their two-day Orange District Cricket Association first grade match at Kinross Oval, CYMS have already claimed first innings points.
Kinross had a tough day at the office and were all out for 37.
CYMS were two-down when they claimed first innings points and went on to declare at 5-139.
Kinross then batted for four overs late in the day and finished at 0-11.
CYMS captain Trent Colley was understandably impressed with claiming first innings points already.
“It was a fairly clinical display with the ball,” Colley said.
“It started from the first ball when we had an opportunity.”
The entire Kinross line-up struggled with the bat with Tom Rolfe their best on 7 not out.
All the CYMS bowlers performed well with Hugh Le Lievre taking 4-6 off 6.2 overs, Sam Dwyer claiming 3-8 off 10 and Chris Novak chalking up 3-10 from 11.
“CYMS bowled well and there was a bit in the wicket early,” Kinross player-coach Andrew Litchfield explained.
“They smothered us with some accurate bowling.”
CYMS then picked up the bat with Dave Neil (53) notching a half-century and John Warrington (27) also performing well.
“Dave Neil has batted extremely well all year,” Colley said.
“He held the innings together. Young John Warrington batted well again. It was good to see him score freely.”
Colley declared at 5-139 with CYMS easily taking first innings points.
The Kinross bowlers weren’t disgraced.
Nick Shillington claimed 2-25 from his nine overs while Louis Kostoglou (1-10), Tom Rolfe (1-18) and Stuart Crisp (1-26) also took scalps.
Charles Litchfield and Louis Kostoglou then had the unenviable task of batting out four overs at the end of the day.
The young batsmen did it with Kostoglou finishing on 7 not out and Litchfield on 3 not out to have Kinross at 0-11.
“Charles and Louis did well to bat those four overs and play some nice shots,” Andrew Litchfield said.
“It looked like a different game. That will give us a bit of momentum for next week.”
With CYMS taking first innings points, Kinross is now fighting to avoid the outright.
“We’ve got a bit job next week to try and get those 100 runs and then try and post a good total,” Litchfield said.
“All we can do is go out and bat and do the best we can.”
The match will continue this Saturday at Kinross Oval.