With their second consecutive wins to open the 2019-20 season, Orange City and Centennials have rocketed to the top of the standings and stamped their authority on the Bathurst-Orange Inter-District Cricket competition.
The Warriors and Bulls now remain the only two undefeated sides through two rounds of the reinvigorated competition, with five other sides in Rugby Union, Cavaliers, Kinross, Bathurst City and St Pat's Old Boys fighting it out mid-table with a win and a loss each.
Although both sides managed to ward off outright defeats on Saturday's second day of the second round, City Colts and Centrals remain winless to round out the standings after a month of cricket.
ORANGE CITY (8-299 declared) def ST PAT'S OLD BOYS (81 and 1-128) by 218 runs
Despite being without spearheads Ed Morrish and Brett Causer, who were on Western duty and getting married respectively, the Warrior's short-staffed attack made light work of reigning Bathurst champions St Pat's Old Boys at Riawena Oval.
Wanting the full day at the Saints on the flat Riawena deck stand-in skipper Shaun Grenfell declared at 8-299 before the start of play, Lachie Coyte's 109 lifted Orange City to a second massive total in as many games, and the Warriors promptly skittled St Pat's Old Boys for just 81, securing a 218-run, first innings win.
Grenfell (3-6) and Glenn Robinson (3-12) were the best of the Warriors' bowlers, while Will McLean (2-18) and Andrew Gordon (2-18) both took multiple scalps as well, with only Andrew Brown (24) making any real headway for the Saints.
Grenfell enforced the follow-on and St Pat's Old Boys fared far better in their second dig, finishing 1-128 when stumps were called with no chance of an outright result. Bailey Brien (65 not out) and Josh Wilcox (50 not out) were the unbeaten bats.
The Warriors now sit on top of the table, with quotient separating them and the similarly unbeaten Centennials Bulls.
CAVALIERS (7-313 declared) def BATHURST CITY REDBACKS (182 and 3-106) by eight wickets
Resuming on 71 and 38 respectively, Cavaliers skipper Matt Corben and Bailey Ferguson quickly knocked off the 27 required to secure an eight-wicket, first innings win for the maroons, before setting their sights on an outright result.
Although Corben was dismissed not long after for 89, Ferguson went on to finish with 71 and Gus Cumming chipped in with a handy, unbeaten 45 from the lower order, before Cavaliers' skipper declared with his side leading by 131.
Bathurst City fought hard to rule out any chance of an outright result though, with skipper Joey Coughlan continuing his good form with another half-ton.
Backing up his round one century and first innings knock of 77, Coughlan made a quick-fire 58 at the top of the order as Redbacks finished 3-106 when stumps were called. Rory Daburger also finished unbeaten on 25.
KINROSS (288 and 5-67) def CITY COLTS (182 and 193) by six wickets
In the second round's most intriguing contest, Kinross managed to hold on to their first innings points as both sides went reasonably close to forcing an outright result.
The students were the more likely of the two, but City Colts still gave themselves a sniff late on the second day at Bathurst's Loco Oval.
Mac Webster resumed the second day unbeaten on 33 with his side sitting pretty at 5-202, already 20 in front with first innings points in the bag.
He worked his way to 63 before being dismissed by Dan Casey, and Hugh McIntyre's 26 at the end proved crucial in lifting the students to a 106-run lead.
City Colts went in search of quick runs to try and flip the result an, with Dave Giorgio (66) and Dave Sellers (48) both making inroads as their side posted 193, setting Kinross a tantalising target of 88 to secure maximum points.
Kinross had just nine overs to do so and needing almost 10 an over the students went for it, which gave City Colts chances. They took five of them as the students made it to 67, but ultimately neither side had enough time to force an outright result.
CENTENNIALS BULLS (178 and 3-166 declared) def CENTRALS (117 and 2-66) by 61 runs
Centennials remain undefeated through two rounds after rolling through Centrals' middle and lower orders, the red and blacks' batting woes continuing through the second round.
Centrals skipper Daryl Kennewell (4-41) was his side's best as they did well to restrict the Bulls to 178 and in resuming the second day at 2-64 in reply, the red and blacks were in the box seat, albeit narrowly.
But with skipper Kurt Toole (4-23) leading the charge for the Bulls Centrals collapsed, losing their last eight wickets for just 55 runs and ultimately falling 61 short of the meagre target.
Nick Dunlop accounted for 45 of them but he was dismissed on the first day, which left his day two replacement Fletcher Rose - who top scored for Centrals with 73 in round one - unable to bat.
The Bulls quickly posted 3-166 declared in just 26 overs to try and set up a chance to win maximum points, Joel (51 not out) and Ryan Gurney (50) doing the bulk of the damage there.
With no chance of chasing the required 228 for victory in the late stages of the second day Centrals' mission for the second game in a row because survival, and they finished 2-66 at stumps.
RUGBY UNION (9-342 declared) def CYMS (202) by 140 runs
CYMS entered that chase confident despite it being an imposing one and Matt Baker (37) and Tom Belmonte (27) started well, putting together a decent opening partnership, but the joy didn't last long for the green and golds.
They collapsed through the middle order and with that, the Bulldogs looked to have given themselves a sniff at forcing an outright result, with CYMS' first seven wickets falling for less than 100 runs.
Tom West punched out a half-ton from the lower order though, his 69 helped lift CYMS to a respectable total but more importantly soaked up enough time to ensure there would be no outright chance. Novak also chipped in with a handy 25 not out, ensuring he claimed his side's man-of-the-match honours.
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