The South Dubbo Hornets have notched up their biggest win of the season, carrying out a surprise upset on the CYMS Cougars deep in the season.
The Hornets were never on the back foot despite a strong start by CYMS' opening three batsman, South's skipper Adam Wells didn't feel much pressure from the men in green.
"We thought we were really in control, they definitely got some good scores early on, but I think they were below where they wanted to be after twenty overs, that put the pressure on their guys to score a bit quicker than they wanted to, which was great for us," Wells said.
While the stifling heat worked to no one's advantage, with tops of 42 degrees on Saturday, Wells was impressed by the drive shown by his team despite the adverse conditions.
"We bowled with a lot of control, especially given the heat, it was pretty bad conditions for it, but we did control it really well," Wells said.
While the bowling was tighter due to the conditions, Wells had no complains about how his bowlers struck, keeping CYMS to 5/187 and ensuring most of the runs were scored early.
"We probably bowled shorter spells because you didn't want to push anyone too far in the heat, Lachlan Endacott bowled well at the deaths to restrict boundaries and create pressure and Joe Coles didn't get a wicket, but he was really hard to get away from."
While the wickets were spread evenly for the Hornets, with the five collected one a piece, among the batting stand-outs who made the unlikely win happen for the Hornets was Josh Williams, who fell just short of a century at 85 runs, helping the Hornets to finish their chase on 2/188.
"Yeah, Ferret, as he's affectionately known, he was just brilliant, he's one of our better fielders, so he had plenty of running to do earlier too, but he just knew what his job was when he got in there, he just dug in and really took the game for us," Wells said.
Angus Norton, third in the line-up, fell one run short of a half century before being bowled by CYMS quick Bailey Edmunds, who took both of CYMS wickets.
While the Hornets still sit at the bottom of the ladder, their run of close losses and strong upsets has Wells optimistic about how the squad's roster is shaping up in what was always pegged as a year of rebuilding.
"We're in a really good spot at the moment, so is our second grade, we won in both grades on the weekend and that's great for us right now, we're really happy with how we're playing at the moment and making sure we put our best efforts in on the field every week," Wells said.
"There's been a few games that we've lost this season, but they've been very close and the effort in that heat was brilliant, I'm really proud of how our guys played."