2016/17 McDonald's Megahit: CYMS out to end five-year streak

It was December of 2011 when CYMS last won a match of Twenty20 cricket but with the club finding form in the Whitney Cup, there is hope that drought will end on Friday night.

IN FORM: Lewis Matthews (pictured) has built a handy opening partnership with Brock Larance at CYMS and the duo will be key on Friday night. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

IN FORM: Lewis Matthews (pictured) has built a handy opening partnership with Brock Larance at CYMS and the duo will be key on Friday night. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

CYMS, playing in the McDonald’s Megahit as the Western Plains Automotive Cougars, have endured close to five years of pain in the short form of the game.

The club has often put youth and player development first in the Megahit, calling on players with no or little first grade experience, but on Friday against RSL-Colts the Cougars side will almost be identical to it’s Whitney Cup lineup.

The Cougars and Colts meet at No. 1 Oval on Friday night, with the men in red having been defeated by Newtown’s Amaroo Hotel Tigers last week.

The Cougars were defeated by the Castlereagh Hornets in their first match, meaning both of Friday’s sides will be out to win and keep alive Megahit finals hopes.

The Cougars lineup features on player who was part of the win in 2011, Tom Carruthers, while another, Ben O’Donnell, is unavailable.

Carruthers batted at seven that night and his energy late in the innings will be key again on Friday, following on from the likes of openers Brock Larance and Lewis Matthews, and captain Ryan Medley.

Colts will again look to its slow bowling options to restrict the runs, with spinners Greg Buckley, Marty Jeffrey, Wes Giddings and Nathan Jones all expected to feature.

Play starts at 6.30pm.

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