ORANGE CITY (1-9) trails CAVALIERS (180) by 171 runs
WESLEY Lummis and Mitch Black may have just saved Cavaliers' finals ambitions thanks to a 76 run stand in Saturday's clash against competition leaders Orange City at Bloomfield Oval.
Their efforts helped Cavaliers reach 180 before they were bowled out.
Cavs, going into the round needing a win to guarantee a finals place, got off to a dreary start at 6-72 before Lummis and Black got the innings on track.
Brad Johnson was the best of the Orange City bowlers with 4-53 while Harry McGregor finished with 3-33.
City are 1-9 in reply, with Ben Schofield falling for 1.
Orange City need a win to guarantee the minor premiership ahead of the challenging St Pat's while a Cavs defeat gives Bathurst City the chance to jump into fourth.
CENTENNIALS BULLS (4-81) trails CYMS (127) by 46 runs
THE finals dream may have departed for Centennials Bulls several weeks ago but their opening bowling pair of Mick Hutchinson (3-20) and Zane Newham (2-19) were sending down deliveries to CYMS on Saturday like everything was on the line.
Their demolition work against the CYMS top order saw the Orange side removed for 127 at the Sportsground, before Bulls made their way to 4-81 at stumps.
Hutchinson and Newham took the first five CYMS wickets between them before the former picked up a valuable run out of captain Hugh Le Lievre (4) to have the visitors in an awful spot of 6-29.
The Bulls pair also bowled 10 maidens between them across their 26 overs.
Adam Smith (45) and Aquinder Dhillon (31) dug CYMS out of a disastrous situation before their 67 run stand was brought to a stop by Pat McCleary (3-19), who claimed both their wickets.
While the Bulls chase hasn't been a blazing success it's definitely got off to a stronger start thanks to the efforts of captain Kurt Toole with his 32.
CENTRALS (194) leads ST PAT'S OLD BOYS (2-14) by 180 runs
CENTRALS are in a position to mess with St Pat's Old Boys' minor premiership prospects thanks to their two late wickets over the Bathurst side at Riawena Oval.
Pat's ended the day in an uneasy position at 2-14 in pursuit of Centrals' 194.
Plenty of small contributions across the Centrals order helped them post the competitive target, led by Rowan Dray (41), Daryl Kennewell (33), Adam Danielson (24) and Stuart Pullar (22).
Dray and Pullar's partnership of 52 was the best of the day, coming at a crucial juncture at the eighth wicket.
It was a long day out in the middle for Dray who spent 176 deliveries racking up his patient 41.
St Pat's opening bowler Mitch Taylor continued his run of wicket-taking form as he claimed 5-51 from 21 overs, doing damage to the Centrals top order.
Centrals opening bowling pair Kennewell (1-5) and Matt Burgess (1-9) took the wickets of Derryn Clayton (5) and Bailey Brien (4) respectively.
KINROSS (125) leads CITY COLTS (7-45) by 80 runs
WHEN City Colts had removed hosts Kinross for 125 the Bathurst team's ambitions of an outright victory looked feasible, but now they're in all sorts of trouble in their chase.
Colts are staring down the barrel of an embarrassing first innings rout after they ended the day at 7-45.
Mac Webster was the star of the show for the students at he claimed 3-11, including the big wickets of Russ Gardner (8) and Dan Casey (0) on back-to-back balls.
Colts opener Dave Sellers (17) was the only batsman in his team to finish in double figures, with the visitors losing 5-9 towards the end of the day.
Earlier in the match a crucial stand between Jonothan Rasmussen (34) and Dudley Shepherd (20 not out) helped Kinross post a competitive total.
Arnie Tancred (19) also made valuable runs at number 11.
Josh Toole (3-18) and the returning Wayne Sellers (3-39) were the best of the Colts bowlers.
BATHURST CITY (198) leads RUGBY UNION (3-31) by 167 runs
BATHURST City have fought hard on a wicket better suited for bowling to not only reach 198 but put Rugby Union under early pressure in their chase at Morse Park 1, having them 3-31 at stumps.
Redbacks came into Saturday's game needing a victory to give themselves a chance at finals and they did a solid job when under the pump, as Joey Coughlan (56) led with the bat.
No-one else except for Jarrod Urza (39) made the most of their starts, though many Redbacks batsmen pitched in with useful efforts to push the total towards 200.
Jameel Qureshi was the standout bowler of the day with his 6-53 coming on a wicket helping to amplify his spin.
Rugby got off to a decent start in the chase at 0-29 before losing three straight wickets without adding any runs, turning the game on its head.
Ben Orme (1-16) and Coughlan (1-0) picked up the Rugby wickets - the third coming via a run out.
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