Warriors stifle Centrals comeback, all but seal finals spot

FINAL FOUR BOUND: Tim Lowe hits out during his side’s win over Centrals at Wade Park on Wednesday night. The Warriors are all but assured of a semi-final spot thanks to the 23-run victory.Orange City all but guaranteed itself a place in the 2016-17 Royal Hotel Cup semi-finals with a victory over Centrals on Wednesday night, stifling an unlikely comeback bid from the red and blacks to claim a 23-run win.
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After slumping to 8-69 in reply to Orange City’s 6-144 with just seven overs remainingCentrals all-rounders Nick Sharp and Matt Burgess mounted a late counter-attack in a bid to potentially claim the most remarkable of comeback victories.

Needing almost 11 an over for those final seven sets, Burgess (32) and Sharp (26) pushed the score along to 81 before the latter was stumped by Matt Findlay off Josh Cheney’s bowling.

Burgess proceeded to add another 39 with Zac Reimer –who scored just two of those –and put the wind up the Warriors slightly, however Andrew Rutledge dismissed the former with the final ball of the 19thover to seal his side’s victory.

“There’s no doubt Centrals got closer than they should’ve, that was a bit to do with us maybe getting slightly complacent but they also deserve a lot of credit,” Orange City skipper Shaun Grenfell said.

“Matty Burgess came out with plenty of intent, got away with a couple and got them within three or four good hits of a win. He did well.

“But we got the win and outside a two or three over period when he was hitting us around I thought we were very good all-around. Ourfielding in particular was very good.

“It’s nice to have that buffer at the top of [pool A] now, but we want to win our last group game against Blayney and keep building momentum.”

ALL LEGS AND ARMS: Centrals marquee player Josh Coyte sends one down in his side’s loss to Orange City. Coyte took 1-9 from his two overs.

Grenfell top scored for the Warriors, plundering 47 and combining with Craig Rogan (44) in a 72-run fourth wicket stand after Orange City had slumped to 3-19.

They pushed the score to 91 before Rogan was dismissed, and Findlay finished the innings off with a better-than-a-run-a-ball 21 not out.

Skipper Daryl Kennewell (2-10) and Dean Turner (2-17) were Centrals’ best with the ball.

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