RSL-Colts back on top thanks to Smith's knock

JOSH Smith's century has propelled RSL-Colts back into the lead in the Dubbo second grade competition with Macquarie offering little resistance at Lady Cutler 2.

Colts were 4-58 at the end of play in the rain interrupted first day with Smith not out on 22. He continued hitting the ball well and got to 104 not out at the end of their 43 overs. Smith hit 12 fours and three sixes in his innings and clearly dominated the Macquarie attack.

Macquarie's Shane Dupille put in a lot of hard work to finish with 4-69 from 19 overs and at one stage had 4-36 from 16 overs before Smith carted him for 15 off his 16th over.

Unfortunately the Blues were never in the hunt to get the runs being all out for 46 and 3-61 a second time.

Geoff Wheeler took 4-20 from 10 overs for Colts while Sean Mason (2-16) and Jakke Gardiner (2-7) kept the pressure on.

It was a disappointing performance from the Blues who before this game were the competition leaders by 1.26 points over Colts.

They will most probably still be second after third placed Newtown went down in a surprise result to Souths. We'll know more when the ladders are finalised later in the week.

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GARRY Goodman has answered the call from Rugby to help get them into the finals. Against CYMS at Lady Cutler, fourth placed Rugby proved too strong for last placed CYMS with Goodman's top score of 65 driving the side to 8-220 at the end of their maximum 41 overs.

On the rain shortened first day Rugby were 3-46 so there was some urgency for quick runs on Saturday.

Adam Stone hammered 30 in quick time and Bart Goodman was not out 22 at the end of the innings, but it was Garry Goodman who did the job on the CYMS bowlers.

He came in with Rugby at 5-112 in the 27th over and was out at 8-209, 13 overs later, as the tempo increased.

The CYMS reply never gained any momentum as the six-prong Rugby attack when about its business.

CYMS were all out for 74 in their first dig and were 3-73 at the end of the day with John Hangan playing a lone hand with 50. Every game is a priority for Rugby to win but so far the door is still ajar.

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SOUTHS bowler Andrew Cusack picked up the major best and fairest points when his side upset Newtown at Lady Cutler 3.

Cusack took 4-23 from eight overs with Newtown all out for 110, needing just 128 to win in 43 overs. But that didn't happen as Cusack and his fellow bowlers never lost sight of the job ahead of them.

Having just 10 players didn't help Newtown who lost a heap of wickets in the middle to expose the tail.

Dave Lindenbaur (29), Yogi Chawla (20) and Dave Brown (22) all got starts but didn't go on with the job.

Earlier Souths finished their innings at 8-127 after being 3-42 the week previous.

Jeff Shanks went from 17 last week to 26 and Matt Knudsen 12 to 37 in a solid fourth wicket partnership of 62 to get the innings back on track after they were 2-0 and 3-17.

Later on Justin Knudsen (15) and Mick Maher (21 not out) gave the Souths bowlers something to work with.

Unfortunately the hard work provided by Newtown bowlers Tom Skinner and Dave Brown, who bowled out the combined 43 overs unchanged, was to no avail.

Brown finished with the great figures of 5-42 from 21 overs while Skinner's 22 overs saw him finish with 3-75.

There were 16 overs left at the end of the day for Souths to bat a second time and they finished at 4-57.

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