CAVALIERS have all but booked a place in the Royal Hotel Cup’s super six stage after demolishing Waratahs in their opening Twenty20 match of the summer.
Played at Wade Park on Friday night, a swashbuckling 64 not out from Cavs all-rounder Stu Middleton and an unbeaten 20 from Matt Death ensured Cavaliers chased down Waratahs total of 7-90 without losing a wicket.
After starting the one-day Orange District Cricket Association cricket season with a 260-run thrashing of Waratahs, Cavaliers skipper Richie Venner said making sure his side was just as successful in Twenty20 cricket hinged on giving Middleton free-reign out in the middle.
“He’s a player we always thought would do really well in the shorter form of cricket,” Venner said.
“He’s by far and away the best batsman in the competition, so it’s our job to make sure he’s facing as many balls as he can.”
There’s three pools of three teams to begin the 2013-14 nine-team Royal Hotel Cup.
Each team plays the other in their respective pool once before the top two in each progress through to the super six stage of the tournament.
After a 10-wicket win, it’ll take a miracle for both Waratahs and CYMS to usurp Cavaliers as a top two side in Pool A.
Just about everyone who was handed the ball bowled well for Cavaliers, but Chris Martin was the pick in taking 3-9 off his four overs.
For Waratahs, Craig Sugden played somewhat of a lone hand with the bat, hitting 26 of his side’s runs early before Adam Brakenridge hit 25 late in the innings to get his team out to 7-90 at the end of 20 overs.
However dominant the win was, Venner said Waratahs performed well on the big stage.
“I thought their bowlers bowled well. Adam Brakenridge kept it tight there early on but once Stu and Matty got their eye in they’re very difficult to bowl to,” he said.
Opening up the Pool B action, Orange City takes on Kinross in this Friday night’s Twenty20 clash at Wade Park.
Wanderers-Gladstone is the other Pool B side.
Centrals, Molong and Blayney have been grouped in Pool C.