2016/17 RSL-Pinnington Cup: CYMS hand Colts a first defeat

IN THE WICKETS: Matt Hailing again bowled well and took three wickets for South Dubbo on Saturday but it wasn't enough to stop his side just getting beaten by Rugby during a thrilling round of RSL-Pinnington Cup action. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

IN THE WICKETS: Matt Hailing again bowled well and took three wickets for South Dubbo on Saturday but it wasn't enough to stop his side just getting beaten by Rugby during a thrilling round of RSL-Pinnington Cup action. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Each of the three RSL-Pinnington Cup fixtures played on Saturday was a thriller, with the final result not known until the final balls.

Macquarie seemed destined to score a win over Newtown but the Tigers rallied late on to score a three wicket win.

CYMS was also in all sorts of trouble against RSL-Colts but recovered to score an eight run win.

The round’s final match was played at No. 3 Oval and Rugby prevailed in a low-scoring clash.

At Lady Cutler 3, Macquarie piled on the runs and posted 7/227 from its 40 overs but they proved not enough, as the Tigers scraped home with just two balls two spare.

Defending a sizable total, Macquarie’s chance were further boosted when Newtown was reduced to 4/55 in the 21st over.

But former Dubbo representative opening bat Wayne Dunlop came in at number eight and began to swing the match in his side’s favour.

Johnathon Lowe (46) and Dale O’Donnell (25 not out) were crucial but Dunlop provided the class late on and finished the game with a six to end unbeaten on 48.

Earlier in the match, captain Ian Marchant had set his Macquarie side up well with a powerful 77 from first drop.

Darren Davies took three wickets for Newtown while O’Donnell claimed 2/22 from eight.

There was a similar feeling to the CYMS-Colts, with the side which dominated the early failing to go on and win.

Geoff Wheeler (3/10 from six) and Shane Groen (3/37 from eight) tore through the CYMS top order to leave the Cougars reeling at 5/23.

But the in-form Callan Braithwaite (54) and Nathan Hawke (31) salvaged things with a crucial 87 run partnership before Tom Saul blasted 44 from 31 balls to help CYMS post 9/176 from its 40 overs.

Braithwaite took a wicket with the first ball of the innings but Colts continued to chip away, and despite wickets falling Ryan Davies (35 not out) looked set to hit his side to victory late on.

But Matt Ellis entered the attack in the 39th over and picked up the final wicket with his third ball to seal the win and hand Colts its first loss of the season.

At a tricky No. 3 Oval, a solid all-round effort from Garry Goodman and input from Zac Murphy helped Rugby edge out Souths.

New ball bowler Goodman took a miserly 1/14 from his eight overs while Murphy (0/21 from eight) also kept things tight as Souths were restricted to 4/123 from its 40 overs, with Jeff Shanks’ 38 not out the top score.

But then Murphy top scored with 33 while Goodman made a handy 29 in the middle order to help Rugby reach the total with three wickets in hand.

Matt Hailing, Neil Motbey and Tom Mitchell each took three wickets for Souths.

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