CYMS in top spot for super six stage

CYMS backed up its Royal Hotel Cup win over Cavaliers on Wednesday by demolishing Waratahs by 66-runs on Friday night.

The win gives CYMS top billing in pool A, and means the green and golds will contest the super six stage in pool D, with Kinross and either Blayney or Molong.

After stand-in skipper Hamish Finlayson won the toss and batted, Matt Baker carried his bat finishing 76 not out as CYMS amassed a huge 3-180.

Dave Neil also fired, belting 51 from just 29 balls before getting bowled attempting a ‘ramp’ shot.

Waratahs openers Rex Cochrane (15) and Nick Frail (31) got off to a flyer in reply, pushing the score to 48 from just six overs before Cochrane was caught.

From there CYMS retook control as regular wickets fell, and Waratahs’ innings closed at 8-114. Skipper Brock Duncan (23) was the only other batsman to pass 20.

Finlayson credited his bowlers, and said CYMS’ recovery was one of the main positives he took from the game.

“Waratahs did a good job,” he said.

“They started fast, and looked as though they might pull something out of the hat at one stage. But once we got a wicket or two our bowlers got back into it. They recovered well.”

Waratahs vice captain Adam Brakenridge said despite the loss, he was happy with his team’s performance.

“We bowled pretty well I thought,” he said.

“We let ourselves down in the field though, I think we dropped five or six chances we should have taken.”

Brakenridge was pleased with his team’s batting effort, but said a lack of middle order contributions had cost Waratahs.

“We started really well, Rexy and Fraily did a great job,” he said.

“But we didn’t really have anyone else do much except Brock. I think the boys might be panicking a bit and putting too much pressure on themselves when the openers get out.

“We’re getting better every game though, that’s the main positive we’re taking from it.”

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