There was a point early in Saturday's RSL-Whitney Cup game where Brock Larance was worried he might not get a bat.
He and fellow CYMS young gun Thomas Nelson had to leave the match at No.3 Oval early as the Dubbo College year 12 formal was due to start at 5pm.
But a strong fightback with ball saw CYMS knock over Newtown for 199, and then Larance and Nelson got their side off to a flying start to ultimately set up the Cougars' third win of the season.
The pair added 68 for the first wicket in no time at all and then Larance went on with it, belting 67 in just over half an hour before retiring and racing home to get the suit on.
"We [Nelson and I] are both senior players to a point," Larance said of the opening stand.
"We're young but we're key players with the bat so we felt if we did get a chance we had to make the most of it and get us off to a good start."
Larance and Nelson put on 68 inside nine overs before the latter was run out for 20.
Larance was closing in off his half century at that stage and after going on to hit seven boundaries and three sixes he retired and ran off the field.
"I think I bat like that a lot of the time," Larance said of the aggressive start.
"It's good to feel the bat on ball. Yesterday [Saturday] was a bit faster than normal but I got a wide half-tracker that I hit for four first ball so that helped get the eye in.
"The concept was pretty simple though. See the ball, hit it hard, and then see how far I could hit it."
Once Larance departed CYMS reached the target relatively comfortably.
Lachlan Strachan made a composed 43 before captain Ben Knaggs (33 not out) guided his side to a six-wicket win with more than three overs to spare.
After arriving at the formal Larance made one last rush to No. 3 Oval to make sure the rest of the chase was under control.
"I saw we were only about three down and had 10 runs to wins and when I saw Knaggsy and 'Barbs' [Tom Barber] out there I knew we were home," he said.
While it was another strong win for CYMS, it hadn't always looked so straightforward.
Newtown had earlier begun in fine fashion with that bat, as captain Mat Skinner and Mitch Russo (23) were patient against the new ball.
The pair also put away anything loose and then Skinner combined with Doug Potter to have the Tigers at 1/88 at the half way point.
But Cougars captain Knaggs removed Skinner for a well-made 61 and when Bailey Edmunds (1/37) knocked over Potter for a hard-hitting 54 the end came quickly for the Tigers.
Knaggs did the bulk of the damage, finishing with 4/39, while Strachan claimed 3/39 as Newtown lost 6/24 to end their innings just short of 200.
"They were 1/80-odd at drinks and it looked like we would be chasing 250 and it would be a long day," Larance said.
"After that first drinks break we knocked them over and that was a good effort."
The win keeps CYMS on top of the ladder, while Macquarie strengthened its grip on second while also piling more pressure on RSL-Colts.
The Blues downed Colts by four wickets at No. 1 Oval, with the bowling attack this time doing the bulk of the damage.
Much has been made of Macquarie's depth of talent in the batting lineup but the bowling unit knocked Colts over for 196 on Saturday.
The decision to open the bowling with the spin of Dan Medway worked as he removed Josh Smith (14) early on.
Each of the six Macquarie bowlers took a wicket, with Ricky Medway's 3/40 the best.
Marty Jeffrey's 60 was the top score for Colts.
The Blues reached the target with relative ease, with Jason Green (50), Ricky Medway (40), and Ed Haylock (34) all chipping in.
Colts has now won just one from four and has dropped below Souths, who won again on the weekend.
The Hornets defeated Rugby by 21 runs at No. 2 Oval.
Captain Adam Wells was again among the runs, scoring 42 in the total of 7/239, but it was returning veteran John Colwell who top-scored for Souths and made 61.
Rugby, led by Jacob Hill (63) and Koda Sissian (61), made a fine start and were 1/168 at one stage but scoreboard pressure proved too much and they were knocked over for 218.
Youngster Tyler Martin took 3/26 in the win while Dale O'Donnell chipped in with 2/30.
Rugby now sits at the foot of the ladder.