TALK about an eventful day of cricket.
The Bathurst Orange Inter District Cricket competition's penultimate round saw the first outright victory occur, two brothers take nine wickets between them and the battle for finals become even more heated thanks to the weekend's results.
Cavaliers became the first team to secure their place in the major semi-final thanks to their crushing outright success over Kinross, and putting them within reach of the minor premiership.
Centennials Bulls lost their place in the top four following their loss to Rugby Union while Orange City officially ended Bathurst City's finals hopes with their success on Saturday.
CYMS are back inside the top four after they got the better of City Colts - which featured a big day out for the Le Lievres - and St Pat's Old Boys continued their strong form with victory over Centrals.
Here's where your team stands following a crucial round of cricket...
CITY COLTS (148) lost to CYMS (203 and 2-48) by 55 runs
CYMS unleashed the Le Lievre attack on City Colts with full force.
Hugh (5-39) and Angus Le Lievre (4-36) inflicted more pain on an already battered City Colts order, helping to keep the hosts 55 runs short of the mark at Loco Oval.
Colts' winning chances took a nosedive with the dismissal of Wayne Sellers (38) at the hands of Angus Le Lievre.
The Le Lievre's then went on a middle order destruction campaign. Hugh picked up the key wicket of Henry Shoemark for 7 and soon after Angus took another big scalp of Jaden Ekert for 6.
Orange City's 29 extras were the second-highest scorer for the Colts.
Victory for CYMS puts them back inside the top four with a round remaining, where they have a tough assignment against Orange City.
BATHURST CITY (197) lost to ORANGE CITY (9-254 dec.) by 57 runs
THE minor premiership is still an outside possibility for Orange City after their victory over Bathurst City on Saturday while for Redbacks their finals hopes were snuffed out.
Redbacks put up a strong chase on a wicket offering plenty to the visiting bowlers, and the likes of Shaun Grenfell (3-32 off 22 overs) and Andrew Gordon (3-14 off five overs) made the going difficult for Bathurst City.
Joey Coughlan's promising innings came to an end on 40, which became part of Redbacks' top order collapse of 5-16.
Hope returned to the chase through Harrison Craig.
Craig (70) came out with plenty of attacking intent, making his first seven scoring shots all boundaries, and worked together with Jacob Pepper (39) in a century stand for the sixth wicket.
However, the dismissal of Craig was the beginning of the end for Redbacks who would lose their last five wickets for just 10 runs.
KINROSS (158 and 105) lost outright to CAVALIERS (5-213 dec. and 2-52)
A GREAT season for Cavaliers just got even better and an awful season for Kinross just got even worse.
An explosive 135 from Bailey Ferguson in the opening innings for Cavaliers paved the way for the competition's first outright victory on Saturday.
Ferguson belted his runs from just 116 deliveries and racked up 11 fours and nine sixes in the process.
The competition frontrunners carved through the Kinross order twice in a true team bowling performance and had little trouble chasing down the required 51 runs during their second innings to achieve maximum points.
Mac Webster (29) and Walter Prowse (28) tried their hardest to limit the damage during the students' second innings but big bowling performances from Mitch Black (3-24), Mark Maybin (3-30), Charlie Greer (2-16) and Angus Cumming (2-26) were too much to contain.
With the big 10-point victory Cavaliers now move six points clear of the only remaining minor premiership contender, Orange City.
CENTRALS (239) lost to ST PAT'S OLD BOYS (4-248) by six wickets
CENTRALS had a chance to earn an upset after posting a competitive score at Wade Park but early into Saturday's second day of play St Pat's swung momentum heavily in their favour.
Pat's were dealt a blow even before a ball was bowled on the weekend since Cooper Brien - who had made his way quickly to an unbeaten 54 runs - retired not out to fulfill his school cricket duties.
Thankfully for the Saints their middle order turned up ready to fire.
Andrew Brown (48) and Adam Ryan (34) put on 56 runs together before the finishing touches to the chase were applied by Connor Slattery.
Slattery hit six fours and a pair of sixes on his way to an unbeaten 62, with Josh Willcox (23 not out) playing the supporting role.
The in-form Slattery now has an average of 81.5 in past six innings across BOIDC and Royal Hotel Cup competitions.
CENTENNIALS BULLS (187) lost to RUGBY UNION (223) by 36 runs
JEREMY Thackray claimed his second five wicket haul of the season to keep Rugby Union's faint finals hopes alive, while Bulls' chances suffered a setback.
But boy did the Rugby lads go through a scare.
Thackray sent the Bulls top order packing on his way to final figures of 6-57 off 29 overs, and with help from Evan Jones (2-47) they were on track to wrap up the day early at 8-113.
But Brett Archer and Ehsan Ahmad weren't going anywhere soon.
The Bulls lower order batsman slowly brought up to the score to a point where the nerves must have been creeping into the Rugby ranks, but it came to an end when Archer was bowled for 35.
Just 10 runs later Ahmad was caught for 33 to bring the late fightback to an end.
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