Matt Naden produced yet another stellar individual display on Saturday to help keep Rugby Blue’s RSL-Kelly Cup finals hopes alive.
Naden, an all-rounder who has been a standout all season, belted 103 at Lady Cutler South 1 as Rugby Blue defeated Newtown Gold by 105 runs.
Hayden Lew also chimed in with 42 as Rugby Blue piled on 249, with Chris Lenord and Malachi Dutschke taking two wicket each.
Naden opened the bowling and went wicketless but the pressure was on Newtown Gold and wickets started to fall regularly.
Number 10 Eric Woolnough top-scored with 24 while James Rootes was again a standout with the ball for Rugby Blue, taking 4/32 as the Tigers were rolled for 145.
Cal Giffin returned to form in a big way on Saturday, making 101 as CYMS Green downed Macquarie Blue.
Giffin added 90 for the first wicket with captain Brayden McGhee (60) before opening up and charging on to triple figures.
The Cougars finished at 3/242 while Macquarie Blue’s run chase didn’t begin well as two wickets fell early.
Brayth Stephenson made 42 at the top and Chad O’Brien finished 42 not out late on while Jarrod Peachey took 3/19 as the Blues were dismissed for 129.
Newtown White continued its strong run of form with a dominant win over RSL-Colts White.
Chris Beatty hit 77 for Newtown White while John Hausia made 51 and Dean Lake chimed in with 41 in the total of 7/268 from 40 overs.
Bailey Collins and Kane Olney took two wickets for Colts, and their run chase wasn’t looking good at 2/25.
Olney capped off a solid all-round game by making 44 not out but Colts White could only manage 146 in reply.
Michael Kent (3/21) and Alex Ford (3/32) did the bulk of the damage for the third-placed Tigers.
Another Tigers side sits second, with Newtown Black consolidating its place with a five-wicket win over Rugby Red.
The opening bowlers yet again did the bulk of the work, Andy Gardiner (4/11) and Darren Davies (3/22) reducing Rugby Red to 7/38 early on.
But a 100-run stand between Nate Ambler (54) and Kieran Rosenbaum (44) rescued the innings and helped Rugby red go on to post 151.
Craig Pettit (38) got the chase off to a strong start and fellow opener Graham Baker (25) also did a job before Andrew Walden (31 not out) helped guide his side to victory.
RSL-Colts Red, the competition leaders, survived an almighty scare from South Dubbo to score a hard-fought 25 run win at Pioneer.
Pat Cuskelly’s 76 and contributions from Gary Ashford (30), Irfan Sagri (29 not out) and Lyndon Whitney (26) helped Colts post 6/219 after winning the toss and batting.
Matt Wakely and Rajat Rai took two wickets each while Scott Dwarte finished with 1/29 from eight.
John Byrne provided the solid option at the top in the run chase while Jeff Shanks hit a quick 43 to have his side on track.
Byrne fell for 52 to make it 5/129 and from there Souths struggled to build partnerships. Dwarte hit 26 but it wasn’t enough as the Hornets were restricted to 9/194.
CYMS White remains fifth after a huge victory over Macquarie Blue at Lady Cutler South 3.
Shawn Townsend made 82 not out while Daniel Smith (45), Blake Larance (37) and Paul Kempston (36) all helped CYMS White post 6/266.
Mark Scullard (2/53) was the only multiple wicket-taker for Macquarie White.
Luke Patis made 82 in the run chase to continue his strong season but there were few other contributions as his side was dismissed for 191.
Kempston took 3/14.