Orange City has Cavaliers on the ropes heading into day two of the two sides’ Orange District Cricket Association round six clash, thanks to a hard-hitting ton from all-rounder Shaun Grenfell and a magnificent spell from Ed Morrish.
Grenfell plundered the first century of the ODCA top grade season at Wade Park on Saturday afternoon, smashing 14 fours and four sixes on his way to 114 – that equates to 80 in boundaries – and scoring exactly half of the Warriors’ 8-228.
Grenfell hit just one single in his first 100 runs, highlighting the brutal nature of the innings.
After that Morrish – a left-arm quick – tore through Cavaliers’ top and middle orders, taking 4-28 from 10 overs as Orange City reduced Cavaliers to 8-79 when umpire Steve Warrington called stumps at 6.30pm.
“Shaun’s innings was magnificent,” Orange City skipper Craig Rogan said.
“It was pretty timely too. It was really, really good to see a couple of guys – Shaun and Ed – do really well individually, it set us up as a team.
“That’s the performance we’ve all sort of being waiting for all season, I knew it was only a matter of time before it all clicked.
“But, we can’t get ahead of ourselves there’s still a full day of cricket left to be played but we’re certainly in as strong a position as I think we could be.”
That’s the performance we’ve all sort of being waiting for all season, I knew it was only a matter of time before it all clicked.Orange City skipper Craig Rogan
Rogan said the thoughts of an outright victory have already crossed his mind considering the situation of the game, the Warriors are in such a strong position enforcing the follow-on if they can snare Cavaliers’ final two wickets quickly isn’t out of the question.
“That’s certainly a thought, but that decision will come down to the situation,” Rogan said.
“But, we’ll certainly be pushing as hard as we can and attacking hard to try and get those maximum points, a big win would have us sitting far more comfortably on the table than we are now.”
Rogan won the toss and batted, a decision which looked to be a mistake after the dismissal of Dave Boundy (0) and Tim Lowe (1) had the Warriors reeling at 2-4 after five overs.
Ben Findlay (30) and Jock Cartwright (15) steadied the ship somewhat, before Grenfell came in when the latter was dismissed with the score at 45.
Orange City lost Findlay and Rogan (0) to be in trouble again at 5-63 though. But Grenfell’s dig yanked them out of that trouble, he added 77 for the sixth wicket with Joey Kay (17) and another 60 for the seventh with Matt Findlay (20) to push the Warriors into a commanding position after 50 overs.
Morrish, who knocked up 19 not out, proceeded to rip through the maroons in an attacking 10-over spell, with Causer, Jackson Coote (1-0) and Ben Findlay (1-16) all chipping in with scalps.