There’s hope yet for Bathurst City in this summer’s Royal Hotel Cup, the Redbacks keeping their 2017-18 campaign alive with a crucial, and commanding, victory over competition powerhouse Cavaliers on Friday night at Wade Park.
Although Redbacks still have no room for error after a first-up loss to Orange City, Friday night’s 89-run shellacking will boost the side’s confidence massively heading into its last two preliminary games against CYMS and Centrals.
Friday night’s win was one that came on the back of a huge, match-winning effort from all-rounder Trent Hemsworth, he was the side’s best with both willow and leather in hand.
Opening the batting, Hemsworth belted 31 to kick-start Redbacks’ dig and help the side navigate its way to 9-168.
Then, coming on at second change, he promptly snared game-best figures of 4-11 from three overs to do the bulk of the damage as Cavaliers limped to just 79 in reply.
Redbacks didn’t start particularly well after Matt Willis won the toss and batted first, Sam McPherson (2) falling in the first over.
Hemsworth and Ben Orme (17) steadied the ship though, pushing the score to 42 before the former was dismissed.
Willis (31), Greg Adams (30) and Clint Moxon (21) all chipped in after that as well.
Scott Kennedy (2-30), Wes Lummis (2-28) and Josh Doherty (2-33) were Cavaliers’ multiple wicket-takers.
Cavaliers started even worse than their Bathurst counterparts, losing Josh Doherty (0) to sit 1-0.
Stu Middleton (11) and Matt Corben (14) added 30 for the second wicket, but after they fell back-to-back Hemsworth and Orme (3-18) skittled the rest of Cavaliers’ line-up, Lummis (25) the only other one to provide any resistance.