THE Central West Wranglers enjoyed some bright moments, but in the end the Orana Outlaws posted a fairly comfortable seven-wicket win in Sunday’s Plan B Regional Bash match at Dubbo’s No. 1 Oval.
After winning the toss and batting in the opening round match, the Wranglers were flying at 1-81 in the 10th over.
However, man of the match Wes Giddings (3/15) and Ben Patterson (2/16) slammed the brakes on and instigated an almighty collapse of 9-25 to roll the Central West for just 106.
The Outlaws were always in control in the run chase and some lofty hitting from Mitch Bower (37 not out) helped seal the game in the 14th over.
“Really pleased with how we fought back. They were on top early,” Orana coach Jason Ryan said.
“To fight back and get the win with six overs to go is a really good result for us.”
Wranglers captain Jameel Qureshi was noticeably disappointed after the match, with his side packed full of Bathurst’s best falling away after being in such a promising position.
“It was a tough day and our batting let us down, that’s all there is to it,” he said after the Wranglers fell at the first hurdle for the second straight season.
“It’s very disappointing when you’re 80 or 90 after nine or 10 overs but that’s Twenty20 unfortunately.”
Wranglers marquee man Ben Trevor-Jones lived up to the hype early and after losing Josh Toole (four) he made 24 in an impressive 60-run stand with the hard-hitting Henry Shoemark (35).
But Shoemark’s dismissal was the catalyst for the collapse with Giddings taking two wickets in one over before Patterson got in on the act with some genuinely fast bowling.
No other Wranglers player made double figures as Marty Jeffrey (2-8) finished off the tail.
“We were under the pump, they took 20 off one over there and were 50 off 5 overs so were in a position to really fly but Wes and Patto really pulled them back,” Ryan said.
“They got some wickets, held the runs and got us back on the front foot.”
Giddings (27) and Jordan Moran (12) then set the platform with an opening stand of 40 before Ryan Peacock removed both and also Anthony Heraghty (6) to give the Wranglers a sniff.
But Outlaws captain and marquee player Nathan Pilon (25 not out) used all his experience to guide his side towards the total, ending the Wranglers’ campaign.