CYMS suffer first loss of season

CYMS had to lose a game eventually.

After going through the opening nine rounds of the Orange District Cricket Association first grade competition unbeaten, the green and golds succumbed to a fired up Cavaliers by eight wickets on Saturday.

CYMS stand-in skipper Hamish Finlayson pulled no punches, and said his team was outclassed.

“We certainly didn’t play badly,” he said.

“We batted well for 142, which I thought was a very defendable score but Cavs outplayed us, plain and simple.”

After winning the toss and batting first, CYMS posted 6-142 from its 40 overs. Finlayson continued his run of form, top scoring with 42 not out with good support from Eddie Wright (30) and Sam Dwyer (27).

Josh Doherty (2-19) and Stu Middleton (2-30) both picked up multiple scalps for Cavs, with Greg Martin (1-40) and Tom Westcott (1-16) snaring one each.

Cavs slumped to 2-25 in reply, losing Matt Death (3) and Matt Corben (3) early in the innings, bringing skipper Richie Venner and vice-captain James Ryan together.

Venner (73 not out) and Ryan (61 not out) proceeded to plunder the green and golds’ attack all over Wade Park, passing the required total in just 25 overs.

Ryan said despite the emphatic nature of the victory, his team can get better.

“We misfielded a few and dropped a couple of catches,” he said.

“Even though we can improve on a lot, I think it was probably the most complete performance we’ve put together so far.”

Ryan credited the win to his bowlers and Venner’s performance with the bat.

“Our bowlers really stood up on Saturday. When we batted, we frustrated their bowlers and got them off their lines. It helps that Richie didn’t mishit one all day.”

Finlayson said the loss was exactly what his team needed.

“It’s the kick-start we needed, I think, to avoid complacency,” he said.

“You never want to lose any game of cricket, but I’d rather have lost that one than the final.”

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