Less than two days after returning from a massive Country Colts campaign at Albury, Orange City opener Blake Weymouth has worked his magic with the willow again, putting up an undefeated 129 in his side's 42-run win over Centrals at Wade Park on Saturday.
While he admittedly started the season a bit slowly, Weymouth seems to have put any potential rust in his rear view mirror as he's scored a pair of centuries in the last week at both the representative and local level.
While the result is a big one for the ladder-leading premiers, it's arguably more impactful for the red and blacks who have their backs against the wall with just one win this season.
But, for club veteran Graeme Judge, he's taking a glass-half-full approach to the predicament and says the boys more than held their own against tough opposition.
"We wanted to come out and win and we thought we gave ourselves a fair chance to do that yesterday," Judge said.
"The total of 240 was a par score and I thought we did well to restrict them to that. Batting-wise, we came out to build some partnerships and we were looking good for a while.
"Everyone's still upbeat about the rest of the season, we're still confident we can win every game from here on in, we've got the side to do it."
What made Saturday's task taller than it already was, was the quick dismissal of key man Fletcher Rose who was dismissed by Harry McGregor for just one.
In a credit to the rest of the side's order, Centrals still rallied to put up 197 against one of the best bowling groups in the league as Max Powell (51) and Cam Rasmussen (41) built a rapport at the crease.
But, what they did was no match to what Weymouth did and Judge was in awe of the 17-year-old's knock.
"He's got a massive future ahead of him," he said.
He's got a massive future ahead of him. It's really hard to find weaknesses with him.Graeme Judge on City star Blake Weymouth.
"Nothing intimidates him... it's really hard to find a weakness with him. I know his dad works very hard with him in the nets.
"You've just got to try to get him out early and unfortunately we couldn't do that."
Judge is hoping someone from his side can go on with the job like Weymouth did yesterday as he knows they're a big batting performance away from registering a win.
"Someone needs to go on and get a big score for us," he said.
"We're getting 40s and 50s but someone needs to go on with it.
"The guys are already back at training... some of them went for a hit at the indoor centre this morning... we'll get there."
The loss leaves Centrals second last on the ladder while City remains at the top.
In the other round eight contests, Centennials Bulls made easy work of Kinross, the 108-run belting shaping as their second win of the season.
Daniel Bryant (3/17) starred for the Bulls with the ball in-hand as his three-wicket haul helped shut the students down for just 158 runs.
Despite a Staniforth 52, Kinross remains at the bottom of the table and still seeks its maiden win of 2020-21.
In a consolation for the students, they've rose to the occasion in the T20 Royal Hotel Cup as they advanced to the semi-finals.
St Pat's Old Boys added to Cavaliers' weekend woes Matt Corben's men sustained back-to-back losses in both formats, the latter coming at the hands of a Bailey Brien clinic.
The Pat's slugger put together 66 as his side chased down 178 to win by six wickets.
It's not panic stations for the reigning runner-up but Cavaliers have slipped to third spot on the ladder after flying out of the gates this summer.
St Pat's Old Boys now occupies second spot.
Bathurst City earned a much-needed six-wicket win over CYMS as skipper Joey Coughlan went off like a cut snake, whacking 13 boundaries on the way to a 93-run effort.
Tom Lynch (70) was also sensational for City as the duo helped drag their side to within three competition points of the top four.
Tom Satterwaite (78) starred for City but the first-innings total of 219 proved to be too small as the Redbacks claimed the win.
In the last clash, Rugby Union continued its purple patch with a nine-run win over City Colts.
Ryan Peacock's men made it two wins in as many days. The skipper scored 65 in the win while Imran Qureshi made 42.
The total of 220 is usually one a potent Colts' batting order would be able to reel in but Rugby's bowling staff did the job as Jonah Ruzgas (2/43) and Hugh McIntyre (3/40) played key roles.
Russell Gardner (61) and Daniel Casey (62) did their best to claw the Colts towards victory but in the end, Rugby Union held on.
The win sees Rugby Union slide into fourth position while City Colts sit at sixth spot, a position that not many would have predicted them to be at before the end of the season.
It doesn't get any easier for them as they square off with Cavaliers in round nine.
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