A CENTURY from Centennials Bulls’ Troy Kenny has given his side a massive advantage going into the second week of their Bathurst District Cricket Association match against St Pat’s Old Boys.
Kenny’s 105, which consisted of 18 boundaries, helped take the Bulls to a total of 318 in the space of just 58 overs at Morse Park 1.
Bulls’ Aaron Seymour almost joined Kenny in the triple figure department before he was trapped lbw on 87.
Kenny and Seymour’s 168 run stand for the third wicket has gone a long way to keeping the Bulls’ finals hopes alive.
Saturday’s knock was the second century in three seasons for Kenny, who picked up the season-high score of 172 in 2015-16.
The Saints are already feeling the pinch going into the second week’s play as they sit on 2-22.
“There’s a lot for us to do next week but it’s not beyond us. We need to knuckle down and bat out the overs,” Saints skipper Adam Ryan said.
“The Morse Park pitch is flat and suited to batting, and Bulls went out there playing attacking cricket.
“We bowled well in patches but we probably dropped about half a dozen catches which was a bit uncharacteristic for us. I can’t take anything away from their two batsmen though.
“Luckily for us we got the rest of their wickets fairly quickly after they were out.”
Josh Toole (28) and Andrew Brown (10) couldn’t capitalise on their starts when they were removed in back to back overs.
From there Kenny and Seymour wrestled control away from Pat’s as they spent a strong 32 overs out in the middle together.
By the time Kenny departed, caught off the bowling of Bailey Webber, the score had moved to 5-264.
Dallas Tilley’s (27) middle order contribution helped take the Bulls past the 300 mark.
Webber was the best of the Saints bowlers with figures of 4-61.
Tanvir Singh finished with 3-57. Nic Broes and Matt Fearnley were the other wicket takers.
Broes (9) and David Cant (2) have already been dismissed, both caught behind off the bowling of Jem Nash and Seymour respectively.