Peter Karydis took a hat-trick and a five wicket haul in a memorable day personally in the RSL-Kelly Cup on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough for Rugby Blue against CYMS Green.
CYMS Green, equal on top with clubmates CYMS White, withstood Karydis’ 5/22 from eight overs to post 8/194 from 40 overs, with Peter Roe making 52 from first drop.
Brayden McGhee (37) and captain Paul Suckling (25) also chipped in, before Mat Sharp (3/31) and Brian Carroll (1/16) reduced Rugby Blue to 4/21 inside six overs.
James Rootes (42) and Ryan Maxwell (41) both batted well but McGhee took 3/9 late on to seal a 64 run win.
Marty Nelson continued his fine season on Saturday, making his second century in as many weeks to ensure CYMS White maintain a share of the lead.
Nelson made 115 not out as his side chased down Rugby Red’s total of 7/156.
Earlier, Nelson’s son Pat took 2/31 while Ben Williams claimed 2/17 from eight overs as only Kieran Rosenbaum (46) and Brett Paul (32) got going for Rugby Red.
CYMS’ run chase was purely about Nelson, Williams (21), the only other to make double figures. Connor Stewart claimed 2/0 from one over in the loss.
At Bob Dowling 3, a five wicket haul from Peter Bass was one of few highlights for RSL-Colts White in a convincing 88 run loss to South Dubbo Green.
Bass took 5/28 from eight overs but Souths had a number of players contribute, with Billy Murray (37 not out) and Pat Murphy (37) top scoring in a total of 185. The same pair were then standouts with the ball, Murray (4/24 from 7.1) and Murphy (3/10 from eight), as RSL-Colts White was skittled for just 97. Youngster Preston Beauchamp made a fighting 32 in the loss.
A solid all-round effort with the bat and four wickets to Scott Barber helped Newtown Black seal a 49 run victory in its match with Macquarie White. Graham Baker made 49 early while Jesse Spang (40), Don Skinner (26) and Kevin Newbold (26) also contributed in a imposing total of 9/212.
Macquarie White made a solid start, reaching 57 without loss. The top three of Josh Wilesmith (47), Dave Murray (27) and Luke Patis (24) all got starts. Few others troubled the scorers as Barber returned to take three of the last four wickets and finish with 4/32 in the win.
Macquarie Blue captain Justin Gavin made an unbeaten half century at Lady Cutler 1 to ease his side’s nerves in a low scoring clash against Newtown Gold.
The Blue Blues were in trouble at 4/31 and then 5/57 chasing down Newtown Gold’s total of 97 but Gavin came to the crease and guided his side home on the way to finishing with 55 not out.
Jon Fuller (3/5) and Mark Scullard (3/11) had earlier done the bulk of the damage with the ball, while Ty Webb (32) was the only one to fire as his side failed to make 100.
Four wickets from Dane Cooper and and 63 from Glenn Armstrong saw RSL-Colts Red beat an understrength South Dubbo Gold.
Cooper’s hugely impressive 4/5 from eight overs helped restrict Souths to 8/146, with Matt Wakely (45 not out) providing some late fireworks. Armstrong came to the crease early and with Souths a couple of men short he and Wayne Cole (41) powered the side to an eight wicket victory.