CYMS’ charge towards the Orange District Cricket Association one-day title shows little sign of slowing, with the green and golds securing a commanding 108-run victory over Waratahs on Saturday.
Completing yet another rout to remain unbeaten throughout nine rounds of the 2013-14 season, 71 from top order bat Matt Baker and 3-12 from Nadeem Ashraff anchored the club’s eighth-straight win of the ODCA season.
Skipper Hamish Finlayson, himself contributing 31 and 2-19, praised Baker’s dig with the bat at Riawena Oval and said the most pleasing part of his side’s success to date has been the consistent nature in which individuals keep putting up their hand.
“I think the best part is we’ve had different guys stand up each week,” Finlayson said.
“Matty Baker got runs for us and before that it was Hugh. We were wary of Waratahs, especially with them coming off a win but we weren’t going to change the way we played.
“We just went out there and played cricket.”
Batting first, CYMS put together a more-than handy 6-189 from 40 overs.
Baker combined with Finlayson in a 73-run fourth-wicket stand to backbone the innings before Ashraff did the damage with the new ball and spin king Al Dhatt chimed in with 3-23 to help skittle Waratahs for 81.
Rob LoFaro was the best Waratahs batsman with 47.
While quite right in his appraisal of his side’s ability to perform on the back of different individuals each week, Finlayson was also extremely grateful of the contribution Dhatt makes week-in, week-out.
“He’s great to have in your side. Al comes through for us every week,” the skipper said, with Dhatt leading all ODCA wicket-takers this season with 18 scalps.
Already assured of a berth in the one-day final to be played on Saturday, December 21, Finlayson said CYMS would use next week’s clash with Cavaliers as a means of ironing out a few minor issues in the green and golds’ cricket.
“I think there was a couple of patches where we lost a bit of intensity in the field and went quiet,” he said.
“There’s always areas you can work on but I guess that’s the one area I noticed on Saturday.”