Another week, another convincing win and another set of bonus points.
RSL-Colts is moving streets ahead of the rest of the competition in the season’s RSL-Whitney Cup, with Saturday’s 10-wicket demolition of CYMS another show of strength.
The men in red are now more than 15 points clear at the top of the ladder.
On paper, Saturday’s match appeared a real test for Colts, which was without captain Greg Buckley, Marty Jeffrey and Brad Cox, against a CYMS side which had won three straight games.
But it turned out to be an incredibly lopsided fixture, as CYMS was dismissed for 129 after winning the toss and batting and then Wes Giddings blasted 78 not out to help his side reach the target inside 17 overs.
“It’s especially pleasing picking up the bonus points when no one else did,” Giddings said.
“So we didn’t only maintain our lead, we moved further in front so that’s a real positive.”
Despite the one-sided nature of the match, CYMS began the better at No. 2 Oval on Saturday and raced to 0-40 after six overs.
But Lewis Matthews (13), Heath Larance (5) and Brock Larance (27) all departed within eight runs of each other, with stand-in captain and keeper Jason Ryan taking all three catches.
Regular opening bowler Ben Semmler entered the attack at first change and made run-scoring increasingly difficult.
He soon had rewards for his pressure as he picked up three wickets to leave the Cougars in all sorts of trouble at 7-87.
“For all he’s been doing well he hasn’t been performing at the level he’s wanted to,” Giddings said of Semmler.
“With the older ball it didn’t swing as much and he got that control. While he’s a big swinger of the ball he also controls it really well so that was very good because the last three or four weeks he hadn’t been as consistent as he’d like.”
CYMS captain Ryan Medley was the last man out for a fighting 40 but 129 never seemed like enough against a side like Colts.
And that proved to be the case as Giddings blasted away in the run chase, while he got exclelent support from Graeme Morton (41 not out).
“I was just going to try and take it as it came,” he said, his knock including 14 fours.
“First thing was the win and any bonus points after that was a positive.
“After that first over I’d hit a four I thought I’d go from there and fortunately for me the risks I took came off, which was pleasing for me.”
Giddings was particularly brutal on CYMS youngsters Ben Knaggs and James ‘Busta’ Nelson but commended them after the match and said they will learn from the loss.