Cougars collapse but claw their way back to finish on top

KELLY CUP - CYMS have kept themselves in touch with the Kelly Cup frontrunners after a tight win in an amazing match at Lady Cutler 1.

Batting first after winning the toss, the Cougars found themselves 4-9.

B Moreton and Todd Smith steadied the ship a little, putting on a 14-run stand to get the scoreboard moving in the right direction before Smith fell for four.

Another two quick wickets shortly after and left CYMS 7-33, however Moreton remained at the crease and combined with J Pearce for a 36-run stand before some help from A Shields and E Shields saw CYMS get into triple figures, finishing with 102.

Sam Campbell was the pick of the Colts bowlers, taking 4-7 off his eight overs in a spell which included five maidens.

Colts got off to a poor start in their chase with captain Wayne Cole dismissed first ball of the innings by Darryl Thompson.

Thompson struck again to remove Adam Barraclough for 15 and when Smith, enjoying a rare Saturday off from the races, cleaned up Brad Murahari the score was 3-30 and it was game on.

CYMS continued to take wickets at regular intervals and it was only some late hitting from Ravi Katkuri that kept them in the match.

After making their way to 7-79 Colts lost their last three wickets for five runs to be bowled out for 84, 19 runs short of their target.

Thompson finished with 5-19 while Smith and J Thompson each snared two wickets.

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Newtown moved away from the bottom reaches of the third grade ladder with a five-wicket win over RSL-Colts YDs at John McGrath 2 on Saturday.

YDs captain and mentor Mick Davis top-scored for his side with 60 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Davis was assisted by Chris Ying Sing (19), Lindsay Mason (10) and Alex Groth (10) as the YDs were bundled out for 140.

A Wheeler took 4-30 off 7.5 overs for Newtown but for a while it appeared as though they had let victory slip through their fingers.

With a defendable total under their belt, the YDs bowlers came out full of fire and did some early damage.

Ben Bruce removed opener Peter Sheridan for two before Brendan Jayusuriya took the wicket of Cameron Herd for eight to leave Newtown 2-17.

That quickly became 3-31 before two elder statesmen combined to put the YDs on track for victory.

Lindsay Mason was thrown the ball by Davis and drew a lofted shot from the bat of M Neill.

In the outfield Peter Ying Sing catapulted himself vertically and reached up with one hand to claim the catch in amazing fashion.

That left the score at 4-59 but when another wicket fell shortly after it brough B McKinnon to the crease and ht eproceeded to belt 62 off 34 balls to get Newtown over the line in the 27th over.

Mason and Bruce both finished with two wickets for the YDs.

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Dave Masters claimed the three points in the best and fairest race after playing a leading role in South Dubbo's three-wicket win over Macquarie.

Masters took 1-18 off his spell of eight overs as the Hornets restricted the Blues to 7-162 from their 40 overs before opening the batting and belting 66 to set the platform for the run chase. Ray Cusack made 62 and Dave Murray 36 for Macquarie, who rallied from 3-25 to post a competitive total.

But a fast start from Masters and John Byrne put the game beyond doubt for Souths, the pair combining for a 92-run stand with Byrne (24) playing second fiddle.

Despite a middle order collapse which saw them lose 7-32, Souths regained their composure as Andrew McKittrick (46no) guided them to victory.

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