Wiegold fast and furious as Centrals rout Waratahs

CENTRALS quick Mark Wiegold showed why he remains one of the most dangerous bowlers in Orange on Saturday.

Wiegold ripped the heart out of the Waratahs top, middle, and lower orders in their Orange District Cricket Association first grade clash to finish with astounding figures of 7-7, from eight overs.

After being sent in by Waratahs, Centrals skipper Jake Pauletto (52) and Max Dodds (76 not out) made the sky blues pay, putting on 83 for the second wicket after coming together at 2-17.

Josh Coyte (22) was the only other Centrals batsman to pass 10 in their total of 7-192.

Adnan Arif was the pick of the Waratahs bowlers, taking 3-50. Adam Brakenridge also took multiple scalps, snaring 2-30.

Waratahs chase never got going after Hugh Brown (1), Sam Sutton (2) and lower grade phenom Manu Mohan (0) all fell to Wiegold in the first five overs.

From there, not one Waratahs batsman passed 10 as the sky blues were rolled for just 43.

Dan Sandford offered good support for Wiegold, mounting pressure on the Waratahs batsman from the other end, and snaring 2-11 in the process.

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Sandford lauded his pace partner, saying he showed “shades of the old Wiegold”.

“He rarely strayed, he was on the spot from the word go pretty much,” Sandford said.

“He’s been a bit hot and cold recently, but that was exactly how he used to bowl. It was great to watch.”

Sandford also praised his skipper, and wicketkeeper.

“Jakey and Doddsy both batted really well,” he said.

“It’s the best I’ve seen Doddsy bat since he came over to Centrals, and Jakey hit the ball really well. It was a big win for us, if we win one of our next two we should get fourth.”

The win pushes Centrals two points above Kinross, into fourth position. However, Centrals meet heavyweights Cavaliers and Orange City in the final two rounds, while Kinross plays Waratahs, and Orange City.

“Hopefully things go our way, but we need to just concentrate on getting a win,” Sandford said.

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