By MICHELLE COOK
AN outstanding fielding effort from Grant Koch has helped CYMS record a 62-run win over Kinross on Saturday.
Koch took an impressive four catches and made two runouts in his side’s Orange District Cricket Association first grade win.
CYMS batted first at Kinross’s Main Oval and made 7-169 in their 40 overs.
CYMS were then able to restrict Kinross to 107 in the 37th over with Koch involved in six dismissals.
“That was pretty phenomenal,” CYMS captain Hugh Le Lievre said of Koch’s statistics for the game.
“I’ve been playing cricket for a while and I’ve never seen a player involved in six dismissals before. There were a couple of outfield catches and a couple in closer to the batsmen. Then there was a runout from in the outfield and one from in closer.
“It was an excellent all-round fielding effort.”
Le Lievre was impressed with the entire team’s performance which allowed them to remain unbeaten in their opening three games this season.
“It was an outstanding team effort. That’s been the theme of our team so far the season,” he said.
“Everyone is contributing and there’s no real standouts. As a captain, that’s really pleasing.”
CYMS won the toss and elected to bat first, but were 2-34 in the 12th over.
Matt Baker (26) and Dave Neil (30) steadied the ship to put on 58 for the third wicket.
Le Lievre (37) and Hamish Finlayson (32 not out) then delivered another important partnership of 73 for the fifth wicket.
This pushed CYMS out to 5-169.
This was the start of a team hat-trick for Kinross.
Le Lievre was caught by Chris Gavin off an Andrew Johnson delivery.
On the next ball Jack Sharpe was run out, and Johnson bowled Todd Murphy with his next delivery.
This meant CYMS finished on 7-169 with Johnson (2-14) and Hugh Britton (2-28) claiming a double each.
“We had good partnerships and we had wickets in hand with 10 overs to go which meant we could lift the run rate,” Le Lievre explained.
Kinross were unable to get going despite their best efforts and were all out for 107 in the 37th over.
Peter Crisp (26) was the best with the bat, ahead of Stu Crisp (19).
The CYMS bowlers shared the wickets with Le Lievre (2-12), Al Dhatt (2-14) and Michael Brindle (2-19) taking a double each.
Le Lievre said while he was happy with his side’s victory, the Kinross players also performed well.
“I think Kinross are very impressive,” he said. “Their bowling is excellent. They have great line and length. They also field really well.”