THE smart money is on CYMS for the Orange District Cricket Association first grade premiership.
The green and golds’ odds shortened even further as they continued their stellar run of form with an emphatic 42 run victory over last season’s premiers Orange City.
Despite both teams missing key players, CYMS completed a clinical demolition of the Warriors on a typically low Riawena deck.
After winning the toss and batting first, Sam Dwyer got CYMS off to a pulsating start, blasting 43 of a 53-run opening stand with Grant Koch (39).
Despite wickets falling at regular intervals from then on, the green and golds worked their way to 8-167 from 40 overs.
Jackson Coote (2-28) and Dave Langston (2-30) were the best of the Warriors bowlers, all of whom found it hard to stem the run flow.
In reply, Orange City once again lost skipper Matt Findlay (6) cheaply, with Shaun Grenfell (14) following him back to the sheds shortly after.
Shaun Churchill (44) battled away at one end, but consistently lost partners at the other as the Warriors finished their 40 overs at 8-125.
Al Dhatt spearheaded the attack, snaring 2-19 off his eight overs.
CYMS captain Hugh Le Lievre said he couldn’t fault his team, and credited the win to each of his players.
“That was our best team performance of the year I think,” he said.
“The opening partnership between Sammy and Kochy was the difference in the end I think. I always said Orange City were the team to beat, and to do it in such an emphatic fashion, without Dave Neil and Matty Baker who are two of our most established players, was very pleasing.”
Le Lievre said Koch’s performance was particularly encouraging.
“Kochy is the main one, but Mick Hannelly also did a good job for us on Saturday.”
City skipper Matt Findlay remained diplomatic after the loss, applauding CYMS’ performance.
“CYMS played great cricket,” he said.
“We got outclassed, CYMS played good cricket and exploited the conditions well.
“The pitch broke up and was seriously inconsistent in the later stages of the day. You’d love a hard, fast deck every week but that’s a fairly quixotic idea. We let ourselves down with the bat but I think the loss might be good for us in the long run.”