After a season-opening bye, Waratahs Gladiators opened their Orange District Junior Cricket Association under 12s account on Saturday morning with a four-wicket win over Kinross.
In a game played in great spirit on a tough, long outfield, Waratahs fielded very well to restrict Kinross to 7-56 from its 25 overs.
The Gladiators produced two excellent run-outs and Darcy Hamling was superb behind the stumps, taking a slick stumping.
Waratahs’ attack was led by Cooper Charnock (2-4), Thomas Frecklington (1-2) and James Harper (1-7), while James Jackson bowled super tight to finish with figures of 0-3 from his five overs.
With the bat, Waratahs had more ducks than Cook Park but still managed to win by four wickets with three overs to spare.
Five Waratahs batsmen were dismissed without scoring, with Levi Hartley (four retired) almost carrying his bat and Harper top-scoring with 18 not out.
It was an encouraging start to the Gladiators’ season with plenty of positives and also lots to work on at training.
In Saturday’s other under 12s games, CYMS Green (5-70) defeated Millthorpe (69) and Orange City Hazlewoods (5-118) secured a second consecutive victory, accounting for Cavaliers (81).
Last weekend’s second round of the under 14s produced the rarest of results, a tie.
Incredibly, there was two in one day.
CYMS Green and KWS Heat played out a thrilling, low-scoring tie while KWS Royals and KWS 13s also finished deadlocked.
The Heat made 45, before Harrison Sharpe (3-9) kept the green in golds in check as CYMS also finished on 45.
Ethan Smith (40 not out) and Jono Rasmussen (37 not out) helped the Royals smash 6-110.
Rasmussen starred with the ball too, taking 4-3 from his four overs as his side managed to keep the 13s to 9-110 in reply.
Waratahs Terminators (6-84) also defeated CYMS Gold (9-83) and Cavaliers 13s (7-91) beat Orange City (90).
The ODJCA’s under 11s – playing under a new format – has also kicked off in style over the past fortnight, and the Thunder Girls’ Spring League did the same last week.
Playing on Tuesday and Thursday nights, respectively, the two competitions have been action-packed and provided some outstanding cricket for spectators.
CYMS Orange Credit Union, in particular, have started the competition in winning fashion, going through the opening fortnight unbeaten.
In the girls’ league, KWS Magic (6-115) won its season-opener over KWS Fever (87), while CYMS (3-86) accounted for Orange City (66).
All of Orange District Junior Cricket Association’s competitions continue this weekend.