Macquarie have kept their RSL-Whitney Cup season alive with a double bonus point outright win over CYMS on Saturday.
The fourth-placed Macquarie needed a resounding result over the Cougars, as well as other results to go their way, to finish third and secure a semi-final berth next weekend.
The Blues bowled CYMS out for 120 on day one and declared for 127, then knocked the Cougars over for 174 on day two.
It left Macquarie a target of 167 on day two, a total openers Ricky Medway (106 not out) and Ed Haylock (62 not out) made very short work of – Medway found the boundary on eight of his first 10 run-scoring shots.
And over on Victoria Park No 2, Rugby defeated RSL-Colts to help Macquarie finish third on the ladder.
Medway said it took a true team effort to bowl CYMS out twice, and back up with the bat.
“To get them twice in the field, it’s remarkable against any side, and then to get the runs with no wickets lost, I just felt it was a really good team effort,” the centurian said.
“My mindset was, we needed to get off to a good start because we had to get 170 in limited overs so the job was to set a good platform early.
“I thought Ed batted really well and he sort of just helped me out and helped me do what I do. I love batting with Ed, when we’re together we bat really well.
“We knew what we had to do and in the field we knew if our bowlers did the job, we were very confident.”
Everyone in the eleven needs to step up and if we play like a true team - like we did on the weekend - then we can beat any side.Macquarie's top scorer Ricky Medway
James Hughes (3/33 from 11 overs), Angus Cusack (3/55 from 11.4), Dan Medway (2/35 from 10), Luke Carmen (1/29 from 7) and Jeremy Dickson (0/13 from 4) all contributed with the ball on Saturday, and put the Blues in the best position to claim the victory.
Dave McAllister (56) put up a strong fight, but it wasn’t enough.
Macquarie will now face Souths in next weekend’s semi-final, with Rugby’s Aidan Bennewith saying the competition was too close to call.
But Medway was confident.
“That win really boosted us and knowing that Newtown beat Souths … they’re coming off a loss so we’re high in confidence,” he said.
“We know it will be a tough game – it’s always a tough game against Souths – but we’re looking forward to it.
“You need the whole eleven people in your side to perform. We know if our bowlers perform it really establishes a strong platform for our batters.
“Everyone in the eleven needs to step up and if we play like a true team – like we did on the weekend – then we can beat any side.”