A DAMAGING four-and-a-half over spell from Shaun Grenfell helped Orange City record its first victory of the 2013-14 Orange District Cricket Association summer.
Grenfell’s right-arm medium pacers tore through the Waratahs tail at Jack Brabham Park on Saturday, claiming the wickets of Tahs batsmen Brock Duncan (14), Rippan Shulka (duck), Mayank Rawat (duck) and Andrew Dawson (four) to net 4-6.
As a result, Tahs slumped to be all out for 75 in the 26th over.
In reply, the defending premiers went about chasing the total at a reasonable rate, bringing up 2-79 in the 16th over to record an impressive eight-wicket win.
John Warrington (24 not out) and Grenfell (13no) were there to hit the winning runs at the death.
Grenfell, though, played down his role in the win.
“I find just bowling full at the stumps seems to work ... until I get to a decent batsman,” he joked, a week after hitting 64 with the bat.
“It wasn’t too bad. They looked like they had a bit of talent out there. The boys bowled well though, Cootey (Jackson Coote) and Ed (Morrish).
“Having a couple of blokes back always helps.”
The Warriors welcomed back James Conn and keeper Lincoln Duncan for the clash, both unavailable for Orange City’s narrow one-wicket defeat against CYMS in round one at Wade Park.
Conn scored 20 in Saturday’s win batting at three, while Duncan took a crucial catch to help remove Waratahs opener Hugh Brown.
Grenfell was pleased his side is back on the winners list.
It’s a win the destructive batsman believes Orange City can build on.
“I’d like to think that,” he said.
“We’ve still got to improve on our fielding and a few blokes need a bit more batting practice, but in saying that I thought we fielded alright on the weekend.”
It’s the second loss in two games for the returning Waratahs.
Although not the ideal start in a comeback 2013-14, Grenfell said there was potential in Waratahs’ line-up.
Waratahs vice-captain Adam Brakenridge top scored with 16 while also taking the big wicket of Orange City skipper Matt Findlay (12) to finish with 1-31.
Brown claimed 1-22 off six overs.
“They batted okay,” Grenfell added.
“They’re only a young side coming back into the competition.”