Can Spring Hill be stopped?
Although there’s one regular season round remaining in Orange District Cricket Association’s fourth grade competition, the Dal Marsh-inspired Wood Ducks are guaranteed a grand final berth and have been for some time.
After Marsh once again led his side to a win on the weekend with a hard-hitting innings, Spring Hill is now a whopping 30 points clear of second-placed CYMS on the ladder.
He smashed 75 as his side chased CYMS’ 5-222 down with four wickets and eight overs in hand, taking his season run tally to 586 at a bumper average of 56.2.
Spring Hill plays Centrals-Wanderers in this weekend’s final round, the latter side sits third and can still sneak into the first-two-past-the-post grand final.
The situation is much the same in Centenary Cup, with Kinross and CYMS both guaranteed grand final spots despite having one game to go.
Kinross took down CYMS on the weekend too, chasing 97 for victory with seven wickets in hand.
Meanwhile, Orange City and Waratahs were securing the second and third grade minor titles, and passage to their respective deciders, on Saturday afternoon.
In second grade Orange City (4-154) defeated Centrals (7-151) to ensure the first place in the decider. Waratahs (8-166) also took down Cavaliers (165) in an absolute thriller on the weekend, while Kinross upset CYMS to eliminate the green and golds from the title race.
After CYMS posted a meagre 116, Kinross were on the verge of defeat at 9-107 in reply.
But Phoebe Litchfield (12 not out) and Rohan Wilson (5 not out) battled hard, and needed two to win from the final ball of the innings.
They got it.
Dennis Cyriac led Tahs’ third XI to a huge win over Cavaliers, smashing his first ton of the season as well to help clinch the minor title.
Cyriac clobbered an unbeaten 101 and together with Manu Mohan (53), lifted the sky blues to 9-221.
Cyriac then picked up 2-16 from his seven overs as Cavaliers fell for 97 in reply.
CYMS (163) also defeated Kinross (55) in third grade on the weekend, while Orange City (6-87) beat Centrals Wanderers (85) in the third and fourth grade cross-over game.
In the second grade preliminary final this weekend Cavaliers play Centrals at Country Club Oval, while in third grade Orange City will face CYMS at Riawena Oval.
The minor premiers have a week off.