RSL-Kelly Cup 2016/17: CYMS White defeats CYMS Green in derby to set up grand final with Rugby Red

CYMS White will get the chance to exact revenge on Rugby Red after easily accounting for clubmates CYMS Green in Saturday’s RSL-Kelly Cup semi-final.

The White Cougars powered to the third grade minor premiership this season but were stunned in the major semi-final two weeks ago, with Rugby Red winning straight through to the decider.

That meant the two CYMS sides met at No. 3 Oval and the White team produced the better all-round effort on the day.

CYMS White toughed it out and posted a solid 140 batting first and then a disciplined effort with the ball, led by Jerose Joseph, led to CYMS Green, missing injured captain Paul Suckling, being rolled for just 75.

After winning the toss and batting, CYMS White made an impressive start with Campbell Watts and captain Marty Nelson surviving a standard nagging opening spell from veteran Brian Carroll.

Mat Sharp eventually made the breakthrough, removing Watts (28) and then Samuel Thompson picked up the prized wicket of Nelson for 32.

Only two other CYMS White batsman made double figures, with Peter Hyde’s 38 the best effort and it helped the side get close to the 150 mark.

Thompson finished with 3/26 from eight while Sharp claimed 2/22.

Joseph was on fire with the new ball for CYMS White, striking three times early on to have CYMS Green reeling at 3/16 with talisman Braydon McGhee (10) back in the sheds.

Jed McIntosh (13) tried to stick around but there was very little support as Shawn Townsend (2/18) kept the pressure on.

Thompson also made 13 but Joseph came back on and finished it, sealing a convincing win.

The all-rounder claimed 4/8 from from seven overs.

Both CYMS sides also got together for a group photo after the match, showcasing plenty of club spirit throughout the entire sudden death match.

The grand final will be played at No. 3 on Saturday with the two sides both led by some experienced campaigners doing battle for the silverware.

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