DEVELOPING the kind of ruthless streak a lot of big-game sides boast, CYMS has claimed maximum points in its Orange District Cricket Association clash with Kinross on Saturday.
On top after bowling the students out for 37 then boldly declaring at 5-137 to end day one, CYMS quick Chris Novak got the job done on day two with second innings figures of 5-31, his third five wicket haul this summer.
Novak, assisted by another handy bag of three wickets from Hugh Le Lievre (3-15), helped skittle Kinross for 115 at Kinross’s Main Oval, leaving CYMS 13 for the win
Tom Evans (9no) and Sam Dwyer (7no) got the outright job done.
CYMS (74 points) banked 14 points from the outright victory to move ahead of both Orange City (62) and Cavaliers (68) on the ODCA first grade standings.
Green and golds bat Dave Neil said with a bye in the final round - no side this season accrues any points for a bye - the outright win was vital in CYMS’ bid to finish in the top two following the completion of the regular season in a two weeks’ time.
“We don’t want to finish third and risk having rain end our season,” Neil said.
It’s a semi-final scenario no side wants.
Potentially, the side that finishes third this season could bow out of the race for the 2012-13 ODCA first grade title should rain interrupt the competition’s preliminary final.
It’s a problem CYMS, Cavaliers and Orange City are all desperately trying to avoid, with the final two rounds vital to all three’s bid for top place.
Neil said as long as his side maintained its momentum, a top two berth was in reach.
“We’re playing some good cricket at the moment. Novak’s bowling well and Hugh’s been more than handy for us with bat and ball, hopefully we’re able to continue this form into the semi finals,” he said.