Cougars running scared after Taylor's wicket haul

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Greg Buckley (Colts) is forward to a delivery with Macquarie 'keeper Tom Peacocke waiting for a mistake. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN.
DSC 3134 Greg Buckley (Colts) is forward to a delivery with Macquarie 'keeper Tom Peacocke waiting for a mistake. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN.


A FIVE-wicket haul from Ben Taylor has CYMS running scared with the Cougars facing an uncertain second day when their Whitney Cup game resumes on Saturday.

Rugby's new ball attack - Taylor and Allan Horrocks - ripped through the CYMS batting after inviting them to have first use of the Lady Cutler wicket.

Taylor finished with 5-28 from 18 well directed overs, including eight maidens and received good support from Horrocks (1-31) and Allan's younger son Daniel cleaned up the tail taking 3-17 from 10.4 overs.

CYMS were in trouble from the outset being 1-2, 2-4 and 3-19 and included in that trophy hunt for the Rugby bowlers was the valuable wicket of leading run maker Jaspal Bansal for three after Taylor got a delivery through his defences and he was bowled.

CYMS captain Ben Strachan was top scorer for the side with 32 while Harry Brennan made 16.

In the run chase, Rugby got through four overs and are 0-9 with Andrew Rose (7) and Allan Horrocks (1) the not out batsman.

Allan Horrocks said the Rugby bowlers were keen to go hard on a green deck after winning the toss.

"I think we'd like to play on a wicket like that every week," Horrocks said.

"Still, it played pretty well (for batting) but Ben (Taylor) was able to get some sting out of it with his pace and he got the wickets.

"Having rain breaks also helped Ben and that gave him a blow and allowed him to keep up the pace and build on the pressure."

Horrocks said the soggy ball didn't make it easy for the batsmen to score runs, but then it wasn't all that great for the bowlers to hold the ball either.

Horrocks also found himself in unfamiliar territory being called on to open the batting.

"When you usually bat at 11 if you get the chance you take it, although I've got a couple of bruises to show for it already," he said.

"On a green pitch facing up to big Ben Strachan isn't a great idea, but someone has to do it. Maybe that was another reason why the guys wanted CYMS to bat first at start of the day."

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RSL-COLTS and Macquarie will share the available overs on day two with Colts resuming at 2-109.

They'll have something like 18 overs to bat and no doubt would like to get at least another 100 runs plus to give Macquarie something to chase in 57 overs.

Tim Smith made a confident 34 on Saturday but the wickets of Brad Cox and Greg Buckley will be important this week.

Cox will go to the wicket 39 not out and Buckley is 16no.

Declan Hoare was a standout for Macquarie getting through eight overs and taking 1-15.


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