ORC hold out Centennials Bulls to claim successive first grade wins

A JOSH Toole century wasn’t enough to salvage victory for Centennials Bulls on Saturday as ORC picked up their second win on the trot in Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade.

HOW'S THIS: Centennials Bulls' Jem Nash fires down a delivery against ORC. The Tigers picked up their second straight win of the season thanks to several contributions through the batting order. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

HOW'S THIS: Centennials Bulls' Jem Nash fires down a delivery against ORC. The Tigers picked up their second straight win of the season thanks to several contributions through the batting order. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Contributions throughout the Tigers’ batting order set up the win at Morse Park.

ORC were all out for 253 before they cleaned up the Bulls just 24 runs shy of the target.

After opening the season with two losses the Tigers have now knocked over Rugby Union Cricket Club and Centennials in succession.

Opener Dave Sellers (50) notched up his second half century of the season to get the Tigers innings rolling.

Captain Wayne Sellers (24) plus middle order batsmen Evan Jones (33) and Clint Bryant (31) ensured ORC would post a competitive total.

The biggest score belonged to Charlie Coggan (51) who smashed his way to a half century in little time.

Ryan Gurney was the Bulls’ best with 3-58.

Tigers were in the box seat when they had Centennials at 3-44 but Toole (110) and Gurney (54) hit the ORC bowling all over the park to steer the momentum back in the Bulls’ favour.

The pair piled on 143 runs together before Toole was caught and bowled off the bowling of Jeremy Judge to leave the score at 4-187.

From there ORC wrestled back control of the game as Centennials’ last six batsmen hit just 27 runs between them.

Bulls were all out in the 38th over.

Tim McKinnon (3-22) and Coggan (3-27) the the best with the ball for ORC.

“It was a really good game and it was anyone’s game the whole way through the Bulls’ chase,” Jones said.

“It was a bit worrying there when Tooley started to tee off. There was a half chance on the first ball of the innings but then we dropped him on 30. We were worried that would cost us.

“Once he went though that seemed to turn things. With Billy [Aaron Seymour] missing that meant their tail was a bit long, and we were able to capitalise on the scoreboard pressure.

“It’s looking like a really even competition this year. Pat’s and us struggled last season but we’ve got ourselves right in this.”