Souths cement their spot in top three

PINNINGTON CUP - SOUTH DUBBO'S John Colwell showed why he is still the 'Master Blaster' of Dubbo cricket, belting an unbeaten century to help the Hornets to a three-wicket win over RSL-Colts on Saturday.

Chasing 156 for victory, Souths rallied from being 5-14 and later 7-66 to pull off an improbable win against the odds.

Colwell made 101no as the Hornets reached 7-157 in just the 25th over of their innings. Earlier he had taken 2-6 off eight overs with his off-spin.

His innings was made up of 17 fours and two sixes and his first 53 runs featured just five singles.

Souths' win took the gloss off a fine spell of bowling by Colts paceman Geoff Wheeler.

Wheeler took five wickets to put his side in a commanding position but was unable to snare the vital wicket of Colwell.

The win was Souths' first of the season and lifted them off the bottom of the Pinnington Cup ladder.

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Macquarie moved into the Pinnington Cup top three courtesy of a 108-run win over CYMS at Lady Cutler 4.

Led by an unbeaten 68 from Wade Burrowes, the Blues made 233 from their 40 overs.

Burrowes played a patient knock and combined with Cody Hannelly (19) for a 45-run partnership after CYMS stalwart Brian Carroll threatened to rip through the Blues batting order with three wickets in the 23rd over.

Angus Cusack (29) also batted well at number nine to help see Burrowes through to the end and give Macquarie a good score of 233.

Carroll finished with 4-31 to be the pick of the CYMS bowlers.

The Cougars lost Ricky Ah-See early for a duck and never quite found their groove in the chase.

None of the top seven batsmen made it past 20 as some late hitting by Josh Ware (34) and Jarrod Fairall (21) got them to 125 before they were bowled out.

All bar one of the seven bowlers used by Macquarie took wickets, with Joe Haylock (3-25) and Greg Briggs (2-25) the pick.

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Rugby snatched victory from the jaws of defeat courtesy of an impressive bowling effort against Newtown.

Batting first, Rugby was rolled for just 85 in the 27th over, with only David Hey (29) making a decent contribution to the scorebook.

Harry van Dartel and Matt Merrick each took three wickets for Newtown, who would have fancied their chances at the change of innings.

The Rugby bowlers had a different idea.

With Hey again leading the way, they look less than 23 overs to rip through the Tigers' lineup as they dismissed them for 63 to win by 22 runs.

Hey took 4-18 from seven overs while Rob Ryan, Garry Goodman and Salman Mahatta took two each.

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