AFTER copping a thrashing at the hands of Cavaliers on Friday night in the Royal Hotel Cup final, Orange City returned the favour in Saturday’s Orange District Cricket Association first grade game.
After losing the toss and being asked to field, the Orange City quicks ran rampant on a less than lively Riawena deck, bowling Cavaliers out for just 50.
Jackson Coote (3-12) snared Cavaliers skipper Richie Venner in the first over of the game, before Ed Morrish (4-30) picked up Luke Wilson (0) from the other end.
Coote landed the third blow, in the third over, as he trapped Josh Doherty (0) in front, LBW.
Cavaliers wickets continued to fall regularly, and when Braden Riles (1-0) clean bowled Marcus Burrell (0) Orange City had completed one of the most ruthless bowling performances in recent history, taking just 17.2 overs to dismiss their opponents.
In reply, Warriors skipper Matt Findlay (0) was dismissed second ball of the innings, but despite the setback Shaun Grenfell (37 not out) and John Warrington (11 not out) got their team home with nine wickets to spare.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to bounce back from Friday night,” Findlay said.
“We’ve continually said how much better we can get, compared to how we have been playing and I think we showed just how effective we can be when we put it all together.
“It’s not often a second change bowler [Riles] only bowls two balls in a game.”
Findlay lauded his left-arm new ball pair of Coote and Morrish.
“They bowled fantastically,” he said.
“Coote is continually too good for the batsmen in Orange, he’d beat the bat three of four times every over. And Ed has matured a lot this year, they work well as a partnership.”
Cavaliers all-rounder Stu Middleton was blunt in his assessment of the game.
“We didn’t score enough runs, it was that simple.”