KINROSS’S decision to play the entire 2013-14 Orange District Cricket Association season in first grade has already paid off.
Kinross scored a six-wicket win over Centrals on Saturday in their one-day match.
The students are fielding a young side this season with the majority of the players in years 9 and 10.
That didn’t worry them on Saturday and coach Andrew Litchfield said they enjoyed their first game of the season.
“To get a win is a fantastic confidence boost for them,” Litchfield said.
“There’s some talented young boys there and they really enjoy the game. They just got stuck in. They bowled well and took their chances.”
Centrals won the toss and batted first but found the going tough.
Opener Nick Dunlop made 35 before being caught by Andrew Johnson with a brilliant one-handed catch in the outfield off Chris Gavin.
The rest of the Centrals batsmen struggled to make even double figures and they were all out for 131 in the 38th over.
The leg-spin of Tom Rogers troubled the Centrals batsmen and he took 3-18, while Hugh Britton claimed 2-16.
Litchfield said young keeper Max Manson was tidy in his first game in the top grade.
Kinross then had to perform with the bat and they were able to do that.
Openers Toby Polkinghorne (20) and Charlie Litchfield (65 not out) started well with Litchfield able to bat through.
Johnson also finished not out on 12 to help Kinross home to 4-135 and the win.
“We were chasing a small total but it’s one that has troubled us in the past,” Litchfield said.
“We made a good start with Toby and Charlie. They were running well.”
Jake Pauletto took 2-22 from his eight overs, and Wes Roweth (1-5) and Mick Walker (1-30) also took a wicket each but it wasn’t enough.
Centrals senior player Chris Hutchinson said it was not the start to the season the side had hoped for.
“We’re not happy with how we went,” he said.
“We needed a couple of other people to score another 30 or 40 runs. If we had scored another 30 runs we probably would have been home.”