CYMS skipper Hamish Finlayson lauded his side’s bowling performance against Centrals at Country Club Oval on Saturday afternoon, which led to the green and golds securing first innings points with a day to spare in the Orange District Cricket Association round six clash.
We lost a few more wickets than we’d have liked I think but we’ve still secured first innings points which is really positive.
CYMS bowlers – of which Finlayson happened to be the best with 3-9 – took wickets steadily throughout the afternoon after Centrals skipper Daryl Kennewell won the toss and batted, skittling the red and blacks for just 131.
Finlayson’s troops passed the total seven wickets down seven overs before stumps and finished that way, ending the day 7-156 and setting up a potential outright opportunity on day two.
“I don’t know about that, we’ll push hard to earn as many points as we can but any outright opportunity I think will have a lot to do with how far in front we can get,” Finlayson said.
“We lost a few more wickets than we’d have liked I think but we’ve still secured first innings points which is really positive.
“All our guys bowled fantastically, Chris Novak in particular, he bowled a lot of overs for very few runs.”
In fact, Novak bowled 14 overs and finished with 2-19 at a miserly economy rate of 1.35 an over and outside he and Finlayson, Mitch Winslade (2-9), and Todd Murphy (2-46) also took multiple scalps.
None of Centrals’ guns fired at the top of the order, and after slumping to 5-65 Charlie Mortimer (23), Daryl Kennewell (21) and Nick Sharp (20) added some respectability to the their side’s total.
Centrals started well with the ball though, Kennewell (1-36) tore through Matt Baker’s (0) defence with the second ball of the innings.
Amit Balgi (16) departed not long after to leave CYMS 2-25, but Mick Hannelly (41) and Ant Spruce (33) added 75 for the third wicket.
At 2-100 CYMS were cruising, but Centrals fought back late in the day.
CYMS lost 5-29 before Gavin Bridge (28 not out) and Todd Murphy (16 not out) halted the collapse and survived until stumps.