WHEN would be the last time two brothers have taken all 10 wickets in the one innings in Dubbo Whitney Cup cricket? If ever.
CYMS captain Ben Strachan and his brother Lachlan did that on Saturday against Rugby, although the Cougars couldn't win the game.
Ben claimed the enviable figures of 7-74 from 18 overs and Lachlan 3-42 from 10.5 overs.
The way CYMS are playing it would be a shame to see them miss out on the first week of finals cricket.
They may have lost to Rugby - the defending premiers and competition leaders - on Saturday at the end of their two-day game, but with the aggressive Ben Strachan leading the side, CYMS gave it their best shot. Apparently there were words said by individuals during and after the first day's play was washed out a week ago with CYMS out for 103 and Rugby 0-9. Despite the odds firmly in favour of Jordan Moran and his Rugby side, they weren't given any favours by CYMS and at 6-64 it was game on and brothers Ben and Lachlan Strachan on fire.
It was then left to Moran and Ben Taylor to get them over the line with a seven wicket partnership of 52 in only six overs. Moran finished with 60 (five 4s and two 6s) while Taylor found the boundary three times in his 24.
CYMS came out and batted a second time and finished 227 all out with Laclan Strachan hitting 42 and Dave McAllister 37.
But the best sign for CYMS - if they are to hold onto third place - is to see Jacob Hill getting quality runs. His 69 not out was very impressive and his positive aggression was something we haven't seen from him since he was elevated to first grade. He hit 11 fours and a six from just 24 scoring shots.
Tom Carruthers had two scoring shots for two fours in his short stay at the wicket and that is another story.
Dan Horrocks is a fairly quick individual but his last over cost him 17 runs with four successive fours off the last four balls.
It was the same scenario for leg spinner Adrian Carey who went from figures of 2-42 in eight overs to 2-59 in nine overs - again it was Hill and Carruthers who carved him up with four fours in succession.
- NEXT week's 11th round are two-day games on February 2 and 9 with CYMS against Newtown and Macquarie playing South Dubbo.
But the game that carries most interest is Rugby and RSL-Colts at Lady Cutler 2 - teams one and two and there are some saying this will be a grand final preview. Maybe, maybe not.