A game-saving 70-run stand between Neil Brydon and Christian Beuzeville has handed their side bragging rights at Centrals training this week.
The pair came together at the crease with Centrals Blacks in massive trouble at 4-16 after Centrals Reds' new ball pair Jack Judge (4-25) and Aaron Chaseling (2-11) ripped the heart out of their derby rivals in the first all-Centrals clash in the Orange District Cricket Association's third grade competition.
Judge removed both Blacks openers and then veteran Centrals all-rounder Brett Quick for a golden duck to at one point find himself on a hat-trick, while Chaseling picked up the big wicket of another returning club veteran in the form of Grant Selwood.
But both Brydon (70 not out) and Beauzeville (31) knuckled down for the next hour at Jack Brabham 3 and put together what would be a change-changing partnership.
Beauzeville was the next to go but alongside Brydon cameos from Sean Kelly (11), Neil Sengupta (16) and Jacob Pearce (13) helped lift the Blacks to 7-166 from 40 overs.
In the end, it proved more than enough.
The Reds battled big time with the willow, and after skipper Jake Kopp (15) and veteran Gary Cole (nine) got their side off to a decent start, the wickets fell thick and fast.
At one point Centrals' Reds lost 6-19 to skid massively before Brock Kerwick (eight) and Matt Tedeschi (16) attempted to steady the ship, but another collapse - this time losing 4-12 - ended the game quickly and ensured all of the banter at training this week would belong to Kelly's men.
Beuzeville backed up his efforts with the bat to nab 4-18 with the new ball while Selwood's 3-4 - at one point he had 3-0 - ripped the life out of his opposition's slim defiance at the death to wrap up the 94-run derby triumph.
In the other third grade game, City thumped Cavaliers.
In second grade, Spring Hill knocked off Kinorss by six wickets, CYMS edged out Centrals by three wickets, Cavs beat Kinross First XI by four wickets and there was no result between City and Gladstone.
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