ORANGE City showed on Friday they have every intention of defending the Royal Hotel Cup title they won last season.
A solid bowling display helped City set up a seven-wicket win over Kinross at Wade Park.
Kinross won the toss and elected to bat first.
City didn’t hesitate and had Kinross at 2-8 in the fourth over.
Chris Gavin (14) came in at three and tried to get the team going before he was caught by Braden Riles off an Andrew Rutledge delivery.
Sam Nicholls (20) helped his team along but was bowled by Shaun Grenfell.
Sharp bowling and strong fielding had Kinross all out for 76 in the 20th over.
Rutledge enjoyed his time with the ball taking 4-9 from his four overs.
“All the boys bowled well, especially Rut,” City captain Matt Findlay said.
“He did exactly what he didn’t do in Twenty20 last year. He bowled to the situation and the field. He was virtually unplayable.”
All the City bowlers were solid with Jackson Coote (1-6), Ed Morrish (1-13) and Grenfell (1-18) claiming a wicket each.
The defending champs had little trouble chasing down 77 to win, losing just three wickets on the way.
“Our boys went about it the right way,” Findlay said of the run chase.
James Conn (25 not out) guided the side to victory with Grenfell (18) and Dave Boundy (17no) also performing well with bat in hand.
City reached the winning total in the 14th over.
Andrew Johnson finished with figures of 2-22 for Kinross while Hugh Britton was economical with 1-8 off four overs.
“Kinross have got a lot of talent in their bowling line up,” Findlay said.
In this Friday’s Royal Hotel Cup match, Centrals take on Blayney from 6.30pm.