A FIVE-WICKET haul from Shaun Grenfell has helped Orange City defeat Kinross by 41 runs at Riawena Oval.
Posting 8-236 in 40 overs, the defending premiers were made to sweat a little as Kinross openers Toby Polkinghorne (64) and Charlie Litchfield (52) got their side’s pursuit off to the best possible start with a century opening stand.
But when Litchfield fell with the score on 107 and Polkinghorne was dismissed to take Kinross to 4-147, the students’ hopes of a second Orange District Cricket Association win this season were dashed.
Sam Nicholls’ 42 was also valuable, but Kinross ended their innings 41 runs short at 9-195.
Grenfell finished the match with 5-41, including the vital wicket of Polkinghorne in the 32nd over, and also top scored for the Warriors with 49 in another brilliant all-round display.
Ben Findlay and Joashim Mahon were City’s other wicket takers, claiming 2-41 and 2-33 respectively.
But the win was set up with the bat.
Without skipper Matt Findlay at the top of the order, John Warrington (45) and Adam Cowden (26) put on 53 for the first wicket while, along with Grenfell, Warriors Shaun Churchill (24), James Conn (18) and Ben Nexhip (15) all contributed to the 8-236 total.
Kinross mentor Andrew Litchfield said his side gifted its opposition too many free runs.
“We probably bowled close to 10 boundary balls. I’m very happy with the way the guys batted, we just bowled a little too full,” he said.
With an opportunity to remain in the hunt for a place in the finals and a second win for the summer, Litchfield was hoping of an improved showing next weekend against Waratahs.
“We started well and the boys are improving with every game,” he said.
“I’m not sure who we have next week but I’m confident we’ll be better again.”
Young leg spinner Tom Rogers was the pick of the Kinross bowlers, taking 2-25 including the wicket of Grenfell.