Dale O’Donnell took three wickets for CYMS on Saturday. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVANCRICKET
By BEN WALKER
A LATE flurry with the bat helped put Souths in a handy position against CYMS on Saturday, however the Cougars will head into day two of the match confident they can claim their fourth win of the season and condemn the Hornets to the Whitney Cup wooden spoon.
While the matches between Colts and Newtown, and Macquarie and Rugby, each have finals ramifications the same cannot be said here as both Souths and CYMS look to avoid bottom spot on the ladder.
CYMS held a 3.2-point advantage over the Hornets heading into the match and when they had Tim Berry’s men 9-134 on Saturday they would have been hopeful of wrapping up the win early.
But a 75-run stand between Berry (28no) and Kurt Davenport (43) helped Souths to a competitive total of 214.
Their work backed up early good knocks from Ricky Sharma (44) and Will Wolter (37).
Englishman Stuart Naden was the best of the CYMS bowlers with 4-62, however all of the Cougars front-line bowlers had success, with Dale O’Donnell (3-49), Ben Strachan (2-49) and Nick Guthrie (1-28) among the wickets.
With their bowlers having done a job it was then up to CYMS’ batsmen to finish the task and while they lost a couple of wickets they finished the day in control.
Berry claimed Naden early before Adam Wells snared Matt Ellis (14) to have CYMS 2-35 before Ben O’Donnell and Todd Summers got together to see their side to stumps.
The Cougars will resume on 2-80 this Saturday, with Souths no doubt keen to get early wickets to put some pressure on.
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