THE final weeks of the 2012-13 Orange District Cricket Association second grade competition look set to be a race in two with the unbeaten Orange City and CYMS both recording big wins over the course of the weekend.
Orange City made light work of club mates City Warriors in the premiership’s penultimate round, dismissing them for just 109 before embarking on a mammoth first innings of their own.
City smashed 407 on their way to a big eight-wicket win.
Shaun Churchill’s 134 at Riawena Oval was the catalyst, while 60 sundries from the Warriors helped.
CYMS secured first innings points against Gladstone courtesy of seven-wicket triumph at Jack Brabham 1.
Bowling Gladstone out for 123, a 105-run second-wicket stand between Grant Koch (62) and Dean Turner (50) got the green and golds home and helped lay the platform for a first innings total of 228.
Ben McAlpine was the pick of the Gladstone bowlers, taking 4-34 off 22 overs.
CYMS went for the outright win, which would have edged them considerably closer to the top-of-the-table Orange City ahead of this weekend’s mouth watering final round match-up between the big guns, but rain saved Gladstone at 5-67 still 38 runs behind.
In the third and final second grade game, Kinross took care of Metro Force with reasonable ease.
Hitting 231, Kinross then dismissed Metro for 79.
The wickets were shared between the students, with peter Crisp taking the largest haul of 4-19.
Sending Metro back in, Kinross again showed it’s more than capable of making an impact should they qualify for the finals, dismissing Force for 107 to secure an all-important innings and 45-run outright victory at Jack Brabham 2.
Andrew Johnson picked up 4-19 for Kinross in the second innings rout.
There was only one third grade match this weekend, with Metro Wanderers picking up another win, this time over Waratahs.
Fresh off a big outright win over Centrals, Wanderers picked up first innings points with a commanding 111-run victory.
Again for Wanderers, Nick Sharp (71 not out) and Cazim Kadic (63) did the bulk of the damage, hitting their side to 241 before Josh Cheeny ripped through Waratahs’ batting line-up to take 6-37.
In the ODCA’s Centenary Cup competition, CYMS Fahys made light work of KWS 3rds, winning by 185 runs.