A five wicket haul from South Dubbo stand-in captain Henry Railz was not enough for the Hornets to snag an outright win against CYMS at the weekend.
Railz backed up last weekend’s six wicket effort with another five on Saturday after Souths sent CYMS in for a second innings; the performance continuing his blistering return to form after missing the start of the season with a lower back injury.
But a maiden century for David McAlister foiled South Dubbo’s plans, with play stopped two wickets short of an outright win.
He said Souths missed the bowling talents of Will Lindsay and Joe Coles.
“It was pretty good to see us grind it out and take wickets, apart from a period there where they got on top of us,” Railz said.
“It was a hot day, the wicket was quite flat. The odds of getting the outright were pretty slim but we had a crack.
“I think a couple of extra overs we would have come close. A few chances went down but that’s cricket.”
The Hornets resumed play at 1/117 on Saturday with Mat Finlay and Corey McDean at the crease.
The pair picked up where they had left off, putting on a 78-run partnership.
Railz also stepped up with a handy captain’s knock of 36.
They declared at 7/261 and sent CYMS into bat again, but McAlister (101) soon had them rethinking that decision.
Railz made short work of Tom Coady (0) and Nick Karydis (0) but Tom Nelson and later Nick Guthrie stood up to go with McAlister.
Railz had high praise for the CYMS opening batter, who smashed an incredible 19 boundaries, including two sixes.
He anchored the CYMS innings and combined with Guthrie for a 50-run partnership before Railz finally got the better of him.
“Most people, from what I’ve seen, they just come out and shut up shop and don’t play many shots. Not McAlister,” he said.
“He just came out, played his shots, finding the boundary and we couldn’t stop him at one point.
“It was good to watch even though we were standing there in the hot sun.”
Railz also claimed the scalps of Ben O’Donnell and Joshua Thompson with Mitch Bower and Adam Wells also contributing with the ball.
“It was pretty good, considering I didn’t feel like I bowled my best at all,” Railz said of his haul. “I had luck early just to get a couple of chop-ons. I’ve come back from injury so getting some really good results has been really good. You’ve just got to be able to back it up and the last two weeks I have.”