Kinross’ finals quest relying on outright

VITAL COG: Fletcher Rose will be the key for Kinross with the ball on the weekend, and will play a big role with the bat in his side's quest for an outright too. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

VITAL COG: Fletcher Rose will be the key for Kinross with the ball on the weekend, and will play a big role with the bat in his side's quest for an outright too. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Replicate last Saturday’s performance and secure an outright win.

That’s all Kinross has to do on Saturday to win an Orange District Cricket Association finals berth.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

It’s not though, not by a long shot.

Kinross produced a stunning performance with the ball and in the field last weekend to secure first innings points over competition-leaders CYMS, a side which had only lost one game prior to that and only been defeated on nine other occasions in the last five seasons.

Considering, in that same timeframe, Kinross has only won 14 games, it’s easy to see why the students’ quest for glory isn’t as straightforward as one might think.

The students will fight to the end though, you can put the house on that.

After Fletcher Rose top scored with 48 in Kinross’ first innings of 118 and then snared 3-20 to help his side skittle CYMS for just 98 in reply, the students will resume on Saturday with a lead of 30 and plenty of overs to build on it.

Kinross is 1-10, effectively 1-30, in its second innings, with Charlie Mitton (six) the batsman dismissed. In a disappointing finish for the students – the only disappointing part of last weekend’s showing – he was bowled from the last ball of the day by wily tweaker Al Dhatt, whose match figures sit at 6-50 after a first innings five-wicket haul.

While CYMS can’t be caught at the top of the table and as a result already have a grand final spot wrapped up, the side won’t want to enter that decider on the back of an outright loss, and will be desperate to turn the game on its head. 

Dhatt’s influence with the ball will play a huge role in restricting Kinross’ lead.

Play resumes at Wade Park at 1pm.

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