Orange City snare a slow victory

A SIX-wicket haul from Orange City all-rounder Shaun Grenfell, catapulting him to the top of the Orange District Cricket Association first grade wicket-taker’s list with 28, inspired the Warriors to an easy 141-run win over Waratahs on Saturday.

Grenfell’s 11-over spell sparked the beginning of a huge Waratahs collapse, in which the sky blues lost 7-25.

Chasing the Warriors’ 6-279 for victory, Waratahs sat precariously at 3-31 overnight.

The sky blues proceeded to bat for 59 overs on Saturday to stave off any chance of an Orange City outright victory, and showing they aren’t willing to roll over in two-day cricket.

Matt Brakenridge (50) and Andrew Rawson (25) led the charge for Waratahs, adding 72 for the third wicket, staying at the crease for 44 overs in the process.

After both Rawson and Brakenridge were dismissed in quick succession the Waratahs middle order crumbled as the sky blues were dismissed for 128.

Jackson Coote was miserly from one end, taking 2-28 from a marathon 22 overs.

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City skipper Matt Findlay commended his bowlers, before praising Waratahs.

“Saturday was a new challenge for us,” City captain Matt Findlay said.

“That was easily the longest we’ve gone without taking a wicket, all season. But the guys stayed patient and hit their lines, for a young bowling attack the guys showed plenty of maturity.

“Tahs batted well, particularly Brako.They stopped us getting an outright, and they deserve credit for that.”

Waratahs skipper Adam Brakenridge said his team’s performance was encouraging.

“We followed up a good bowling performance last week with a pretty good batting job,” he said.

“And we batted for a long time, that’ll give us some more confidence toward the end of the year.”

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