BLAYNEY secured its place in the Royal Hotel Cup super six stage with a 21-run win over Molong on Friday night.
The win locks up top spot in pool C for Blayney, grouping them with Orange City and Cavaliers in the competition’s next stage.
After winning the toss and batting first, Blayney was set for a big score after Nick Bird (36) and Yousef Qureshi (27) combined for a 59-run opening partnership.
However, after Qureshi was bowled by Molong skipper Trent Frazer, Blayney couldn’t put together any substantial partnerships, with skipper Jameel Qureshi (19) and TJ Smith (13) the only other batsmen to hit double figures.
Frazer was pivotal in the Molong fightback, snaring 3-9 as Blayney finished its innings on 9-122.
In reply, Molong lost three wickets in the first five overs, languishing at 3-8.
Nigel Brazier (34) did his best to spark a resurgence, but after he was dismissed the result was never in doubt as Molong was bowled out for 101.
Jameel Qureshi said he was happy with his troops’ performance, but conceded they need to improve heading into the harder of the two super six pools.
“The bowling was good and we defended really well but we really should’ve got 140” he said.
“We just played out too many dot balls I think, and the boys went for the big shot again, like the last few games. We just need to focus on singles a bit more I think and really push the running between the wickets.”
Qureshi welcomes the challenge of facing reigning premiers Orange City, and perennial heavyweights Cavaliers in the super six stage.
“We beat Orange City last year in the group games,” he said.
“We’re confident. The boys love playing the Twenty20 stuff in Orange. The coloured clothing, a bit of a crowd, its awesome and if you’re going to win the competition you have to beat the best teams anyway, so why not do it as early in the piece as you can.”