First trophy goes to Orange City

ORANGE City won its first trophy of the summer on Saturday night, taking out the combined second and third grade Twenty20 competition.

City handed Wanderers their first loss of the year, in any form of cricket, in the final, winning by one wicket.

Earlier in the day, the Warriors demolished Gladstone by nine wickets and Wanderers overcame Centrals by 37 runs in their respective semi-finals.

After winning the toss and batting in the semi-final, Wanderers piled on 4-170 from its 20 overs on a flat Jack Brabham 1 wicket.

Brothers Nathan and Kurt Gander put together an 81-run opening partnership, scoring 46 and 42 respectively, to set up the total.

Gavin Smith (19), Scott McDonald (29 not out) and Nick Sharp (18 not out) also made their mark on the innings.

In reply, Rory Jaye (31) and George Olsen (31) got Centrals off to a good start, however once they were dismissed the red and blacks lost wickets regularly, and finished 9-133.

On the adjacent Jack Brabham 2 field, Gladstone was sent in by City skipper Steve Sharp, and after sitting precariously at 8-71 Adam Hamling (26) and Jason Sell (33) put on 54 for the ninth wicket to help their team to a respectable 129.

The Warriors were never seriously troubled in their chase, passing the total one wicket down thanks to Jason Beasley (32), Andy McIntyre (49 not out) and Troy O’Keeffe (42 not out).

In the final, Orange City looked set for a big win having rolled Wanderers for just 69, and sitting at 1-28 in reply.

Josh Cheney (4-26) and Nick Sharp (3-13) then sparked a Wanderers resurgence, and almost helped their team pull off the most miraculous of victories.

Orange City lost 8-35 in 11 overs and was left languishing at 9-63.

With just four overs remaining Adam Cowden (0 not out) and Mark Toynton (six not out) combined in the most important seven-run partnership Orange has seen in recent memory to get their team over the line.

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