Long-form cricket at its finest.
That’s the best way to describe Cavaliers and Orange City’s clash in the fourth round of Orange District Cricket Association’s 2018-19 season, with the maroons triumphing in a clash that went down to the wire.
Orange City were left chasing a formidable 389 for victory after Cavaliers skipper Matt Corben declared before the start of the second day, and while early wickets left the Warriors in an unwinnable position they went within inches of salvaging a draw.
Because less than 68 overs were bowled on day one due to rain in the lead-up, as per rule 3.4.1 of the ODCA’s playing conditions Saturday’s second day was extended until 7pm, allowing those overs to be made up.
That meant unless the Warriors were bowled out a minimum of 92 overs were to be completed in the day and, as the sun sunk toward the horizon and the shadows lengthened, Orange City fell just short of seeing that out.
Shaun Grenfell (69), Blake Weymouth (56) and skipper Ed Morrish (43) put up a big fight, but Cavaliers’ Wes Lummis ultimately claimed the final scalp to secure the maroons’ win in the 92nd over, the Warriors eventually falling for 260.
Mitch Black (3-36) and Ryan Kurtz (3-63) were the best of Cavaliers’ bowlers, backing up the day one efforts of Kaleb Cook (157) and Bailey Ferguson (110 not out). Kurtz’ three-wicket haul added to the 72 he’d made on day one, completing a superb all-round performance.
While just 14 wickets fell across two days at Wade Park 30 did at Riawena, with Kinross claiming their first win of the summer.
After bowling Centrals out for 136 on day one Max Powell and Phoebe Litchfield resumed with their side 4-69 in reply, the pair beginning the day unbeaten on 23 and 12 respectively.
Powell remained at the crease until the end of the innings, he was the last wicket to fall for a beautifully-constructed 90 as Kinross worked their way to 201.
Sam Ridley gave him the most help, making 40 from number eight and combining with Powell in a 74-run seventh-wicket stand.
Facing a 65-run deficit without a realistic chance of flipping the result Centrals did bat again.
Daryl Kennewell (25), Jack Dodds (24), Jake Pauletto (23) and Mitch Harvey (21) all made starts as Centrals were skittled again for 116, before time was called.
Hugh McIntyre (4-25) was the best of the Kinross bowlers in Centrals’ second dig, with Stu Crisp (2-20) and Will Luelf (2-6) both chipping in with multiple scalps too.
The victory lifts Kinross off the bottom of the ladder, with the still-winless Centrals now dwelling in the cellar.
“It’s nice to get rid of that duck egg, especially against Centrals because there is a few ex-Kinross players in that side,” Kinross player-coach Ben Ronald laughed.
“Max Powell did have a few chances but he batted really well and Hugh McIntyre bowled superbly, with pace. We dropped a few chances off his bowling, both sides dropped a few actually. If they went to hand, either way, it probably would’ve been a very different situation.
“If we had’ve taken Centrals’ last wicket with two or three more overs left we probably would’ve had a crack at the outright win, but it was a really enjoyable day of cricket and we’ve got a lot of games coming up too.”
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