DESPITE playing in two grand finals last season and dominating the Orange District Cricket Association first grade competition so far in 2013-14, CYMS have just two players in the top echelon of the 2013 calendar year statistics.
Not surprisingly, the other eight places are taken by Orange City and Cavaliers players.
Of the willow wielders, due to his phenomenal start to this season Richie Venner streaked away as the leading run scorer during 2013, with 738 runs at an average of 56.76.
Of the 738 runs this year, 591 of them have come in the 2013-14 season, and Venner boasts two tons, one of which was his highest score of 222 not out.
Orange City all-rounder Shaun Grenfell was next best, with 668 runs at 47.71, with a top knock of 84 not out.
Cavaliers’ Stuart Middleton (497 at 45.18) and James Ryan (479 at 36.84), and Orange City skipper Matt Findlay (429 at 30.64) round out the top five batsmen.
Incredibly, Ryan was the only other batsman in Orange to score a ton in first grade in 2013, with 128 not out against Waratahs in round one of this season.
Middleton proved his all-round worth during 2013, topping the wicket takers’ list with 29 at an average of 13.51, however CYMS quick Chris Novak pipped him at the post.
Novak also took 29 wickets, but snared them at 11.82 apiece with best figures of 6-15.
Grenfell also worked his way into the bowling top five, courtesy of the 20 wickets he’s taken in the first half of this season. Grenfell finished 2013 with 24 wickets at 8.66.
Alan Dhatt was CYMS’ other representative, with 21 wickets at 9.76, despite only playing one game after the new year in season 2012-13, the green and golds’ grand final loss to Orange City.
Dhatt has taken 18 of those wickets this season and is on track for a huge 2013-14 haul.
Orange City left armer Jono Warren rounds out the top five, with 18 wickets at 18.11.
In terms of fielding, Orange City skipper Matt Findlay leads the catches tally with 11, followed closely by teammate James Conn (10) and Venner (9).