CENTRALS scored their first win of the Orange District Cricket Association first grade season on Saturday.
Their victory means Waratahs are yet to enjoy the taste of victory in their comeback season.
This doesn’t worry senior player Adam Brakenridge as he can see his team improving in the top grade.
“It was a bit closer than we’ve been this year,” Brakenridge said of the four-wicket loss.
“Our batting was 1000 per cent better than it was in the first two games.”
Playing at Wade Park, Waratahs won the toss and elected to bat.
Wickets fell at regular intervals but they were able to bat out their 40 overs and finish on 9-119.
Captain Brock Duncan was the best on 22 and Andrew Rawson was next best on 21.
Centrals new recruit Riley Harvey had the best figures for his side taking 4-23 off eight overs, while Pat Russell claimed 3-27 from his seven overs.
Mark Wiegold (1-22) and Mitch Harvey (1-18) opened the bowling for Centrals and were consistent.
Centrals were in trouble early with the bat.
Opener Will Richards (7) was dismissed cheaply, as were Matt Tedeschi (1), Mitch Harvey (0) and Tristan Moon (1).
These wickets meant Centrals were 4-36 in the seventh over and had some work to do.
Opener Nick Dunlop was the man to do the work as he carried his bat to an unbeaten 76 and helped his side to 6-121 and the win in the 23rd over.
“We got a couple of early wickets and we thought we were in with a chance,” Brakenridge said.
Waratahs newcomers Jeff Chapman showed off his abilities taking 4-44 from his eight overs, while Brakenridge (1-39) and Kevin Sangaramoorty (1-16) took a scalp each.
“We fielded well,” Brakenridge said.
“We only dropped one catch which was Nick Dunlop when he’d only just come to the crease. So that hurt a bit.”
Brakenridge is looking forward to the next round against the unbeaten CYMS, where Waratahs will have a near-full strength side available.