CYMS made sure defending champions Orange City didn’t get the start they wanted in the Orange District Cricket Association season opener on Saturday.
CYMS were able to scrape through with a one-wicket victory at Wade Park, which was a great turnaround after they suffered an outright loss to City in last season’s grand final.
City batted out their 40 overs to finish on 7-140, which captain Matt Findlay thought would be enough.
It almost was.
CYMS lost a couple of late wickets but were able to reach 9-141 in the 37th over.
“It was very satisfying,” CYMS captain Hugh Le Lievre said of the victory.
“It was high pressure and wickets were falling regularly but we held on.”
City didn’t have the start with the bat they wanted, losing Findlay (15) and John Warrington (7) cheaply to be 2-29.
Shaun Grenfell played a crucial role, knocking up 64 and getting his side back in the game, before he was caught by Todd Murphy off a Hamish Finlayson delivery.
Others made starts but couldn’t go on with it.
Le Lievre said the CYMS bowlers performed well as a group and they were backed up well in the field.
Murphy took 3-22 from his seven overs and Le Lievre claimed 2-24 from eight overs.
Hamish Finlayson started the season well, opening the bowling for CYMS and producing a tight 1-16 from eight overs.
CYMS had a better start with the bat with Amit Bagli (33) and Grant Koch (11) putting on 48 for the first wicket.
Finlayson performed with the bat as well making 30 before being run out, and Michael Campbell made a handy 21.
CYMS lost a few late wickets and were 9-139 going into the 37th over.
Al Dhatt (4no) and Pat Madden were able to scramble the winning runs for CYMS and push them to victory.
“I thought 140 would be enough,” Findlay said. “Shaun [Grenfell] and Jack [Coote] bowled well but we bowled both sides of the wicket and we were inconsistent. We didn’t field well.”
Grenfell took 3-10 from his seven overs and Coote claimed 1-23, while Ben Findlay (2-30) and Josh Mahon (2-30) took multiple scalps.
“It was good to start with a win and help with building the confidence for the younger players that they can play well in the top grade,” Le Lievre said.
Findlay said his side would take positives from the game but they would be working on fielding at training this week.