RSL-Colts can’t start thinking about the minor premiership yet despite winning a sixth straight match in the RSL-Whitney Cup on Saturday.
That’s the thoughts of Wes Giddings after he inspired his side’s convincing win over Rugby at No. 2 Oval.
After a slow start to the season with the bat, Giddings belted 89 at the top of the order to put Colts in a commanding position early in the clash.
He admitted his side could have gone on to make more than the 7-243 they finished with but that still proved more than enough.
Giddings chipped in with two late wickets as Rugby was dismissed for 152 in reply.
“We probably could have made a few more but with 240 you’d like to think you can defend that, especially with our bowling attack and variety,” Giddings said, before speaking about his own knock.
“It was nice. I was hitting the ball pretty well most of the time. There was a few shanks, as always, but they were coming off pretty good.”
The veteran opener banged 11 boundaries and three wickets before becoming one of Aidan Bennewith’s four wickets.
Bennewith was a standout with the ball for Rugby and finished with 4-47 from eight.
The results on the weekend means the top three in the competition are now even further clear of the bottom three and while Colts is ahead of both CYMS and Newtown, Giddings is adamant his side can’t get too carried away.
“We really need to obviously beat CYMS and Newtown again before we can think about that,” Giddings said of the minor premiership.
“We’re six or seven points clear but really that’s just one loss to one of those teams. The two-day games (in 2019) are also worth more points so two losses there and winning all the one-day games won’t matter.”
Giddings added his side needs to improve with it’s new ball bowling to ensure a complete performance.
After Jason Ryan (44 not out) and Greg Buckley (35) also chipped in with the bat, Rugby scored freely early in the chase despite losing wickets.
Opening bowler Rhys Beauchamp’s first four overs went for 43 runs and it wasn’t the first time opposition openers batsmen have made a solid start against Colts this season.
“That’s one area we need to fix up,” Giddings said.
“In saying that, we have kept winning but if we can start better it will mean we won’t have to be playing from behind.”
Young spinner Mitch Ashford (2-23 from eight) applied the breaks as Rugby wickets fell regularly during the middle overs.
Giddings chimed in with two of his own as the defending premiers were dismissed in the 31st over.
“He (Ashford) came on and floated the ball up and slowed them down,” Giddings said.
“It was really pleasing and he was bowling to his field. He’s bowled well all season but that was the best he’s bowled.”
Nick Karydis’ late 29 was the top score for Rugby.