CENTRALS recorded their third consecutive win of the Orange District Cricket Association second-third grade season last Saturday.
Playing against Wanderers Force at Brendon Sturgeon Oval, Centrals’ bowlers were able to restrict Force to 9-198 off their 40 overs.
Ben Hyde was the pick of the seamers, taking 3-19 off eight, while Matt Tedeschi’s right-arm spin claimed 2-13.
Completing a strong all-round game, Hyde then guided Centrals to the win with the willow going on to hit 54 before being dismissed with the score at 6-188 and the result all but in the bag.
Pete Vanstone was a solid contributor with 37 while Duncan Baird also hit 30 in Centrals’ four wicket win.
The win moves Centrals into third on the ladder after four rounds, with the unbeaten Orange City and Wanderers the two early favourites for premiership glory with Gladstone making up the top four after a month of cricket.
The top four sides move onto second grade after Christmas, with the next six sides playing off for the ODCA’s third grade title.
Of the top sides, Orange City again proved too good, this time for Cavaliers at Jack Brabham 4.
Batting first, City hit 7-313 as opener Dave Boundy continued his strong form at the top of the order with a quick-fire 71.
In reply, Cavs never really troubled the City total as Boundy claimed 4-38 to help bowl Cavaliers out for 142 in the 39th over.
In other ODCA lower grade results, Orange City Warriors completed a big eight-wicket win over Waratahs and Wanderers got the better of CYMS in an impressive four-wicket triumph at Glenroi Oval.
In the Centenary Cup KWS 3rds defeated Orange City by 40 runs and CYMS Fayhs enjoyed a 77-run victory over Waratahs.