JONO Warren ran riot at Lithgow’s Tony Luchetti Sportsground yesterday, securing Orange a home semi-final and the Mitchell Cricket Council colts minor premiership.
The 20-year-old firebrand snared 6-30 in Orange’s win over Lithgow, and stand-in skipper James Ryan said it was a just reward.
“It’s about time he took some wickets,” Ryan said.
“He’s been our form bowler all year, and I know he’s bowled well for Orange City too. He’s been bowling seriously quick, but without luck. He hasn’t taken anywhere near the wickets he should have for Orange this season.”
Orange’s bowlers made light work of the Lithgow batting line-up, rolling them for just 111 in 29 overs.
Along with Warren, Kinross pacemen Sam Nicholls (2-26) and Andrew Johnson (1-27) chipped in with Lithgow scalps, while Charles Litchfield claimed a run out.
Of the Lithgow batsmen, only Josh Kitchener and Mitchell Redding provided any resistance, scoring 36 and 42 not out respectively.
In reply, Orange’s batsman passed the total complacently, losing seven wickets in the process.
Max Dodds (35) provided Orange with one positive from the chase, while Charles Litchfield (23) also made a start.
John Warrington (11), Ryan (11), Matt Corben (10), Jake Pauletto (10) and Toby Polkinghorne (12 not out) all did their bit in the win.
“Our bowling was obviously the highlight of the day,” Ryan said.
“We kept it tight all day, and the boys really put together some good partnerships with the ball.”
Ryan conceded his troops had let their foot off the gas during the chase.
“We just coasted,” he said.
“We didn’t bat well, but we got there. We probably could have put our foot on the throat a bit more, and made sure we got there one or two down.
“It’s hard to pick apart that kind of win too much.”