On a deck which held few demons, 22 wickets fell for just 182 runs at Wade Park on Saturday as Kinross secured first innings points against last-placed Cavaliers with relative ease.
Although, as Cavaliers captain Tom Aggett said, “the game’s far from over”.
Aggett’s decision to send Kinross in after winning the toss looked a masterstroke after his side skittled the students for 123 – Greg Martin did the damage, taking 5-26.
But as they – whoever they may be – say, you can’t judge an innings until the other side’s batted.
Cavaliers were rolled for just 59, gifting Kinross first innings points and a 64-run lead, which the students extended to 74 after starting their second dig late in the day.
They lost two wickets though.
“So they’re basically 2-74 now,” Aggett said.
“With a good bowling performance and then a decent one with the bat too, we could turn this game around.
“Look at Centrals, they did it last round. It’s just a matter of us improving drastically with the bat.”
With a good bowling performance and then a decent one with the bat too, we could turn this game around.
Cavaliers’ bowlers took wickets steadily through Kinross’ innings, snaring Donald Hearn (10), Tom Geyer (5), Steve Geyer (2) and Charlie Greer (3) without them troubling the scorers too much.
Opening bat and top-scorer Charlie Mitton (56) did his best top keep the score ticking along, batting beautifully until he was dismissed by Martin to leave the students struggling at 5-82.
Angus Cumming (15) and Stu Crisp (17) steadied the ship somewhat, but couldn’t inspire the side to more than 123.
Along with Martin’s bagful, Will Currall (2-7) and Brad Wright (2-34) both took multiple scalps.
Cavaliers didn’t start well in reply, losing Josh Doherty (1) and Aggett (1) to be left reeling at 2-2.
John Warrington (16) and Matt Corben (12) added 31, then disaster struck.
With the score at 2-33, Cavaliers lost both Warrington and Corben along with Pat Harris, Currall and Wright – all for ducks – with no addition to the score, to sit at 7-33.
Bailey Ferguson (7) and Scott Kennedy (5) tried to inspire a tail wag, but ultimately the maroons succumbed for 59.
“We just didn’t bat well, it’s that simple,” Aggett said.
“Kinross bowled well, but we played some ordinary shots and the stage where we lost 5-0 obviously didn’t help.
“I just don’t think we were looking to bat time, we just didn’t build anything, so that’s where we need to improve.”
Fletcher Rose (3-10), Cumming (3-11) and leg spinner Lance Hearn (3-15) all took three wickets for Kinross, while Greer (1-20) took the other.
Mitton fell to Kennedy for 1 in Kinross’ second dig and Steve Geyer (3) was bowled by Wright for three late in the day to leave the students sitting precariously at 2-10 at stumps.