Knockout title eludes Yass

Yass has fallen short of claiming its first Country Plate, stumbling at the final hurdle against Robertson Burrawang at the weekend.

The knockout competition finished with a match at Victoria Park, after Yass and Robertson Burrawang had each registered five wins in a row to make their way to the final.

The locals got off to a poor start in good conditions, with openers Robert Field and Adrian Waters making just six and seven respectively.

Captain David Field and in-form batsman Daniel Poidevin steadied the ship somewhat, both making 23, but once they were out Yass fell apart. Dean Roxburgh proved a handful, taking four for 28.

Things could have been a lot worse for Yass if not for a cameo by number 10 batsman Mark Garland, who managed to scrape together 20 runs.

The target of 114 never looked like it would be enough for Yass, with Robertson Burrawang losing just four wickets in its chase. After Ben Wright took a couple of wickets with the ball, he made a quick fire 31 and his opening partner, Matt Arnull, guided his side the rest of the way, scoring 30 not-out.

Dean Roxburgh also contributed 24 runs and with it, claimed man of the match honours.

Yass captain David Field said Robertson was simply too good in the end.

“They just out did us with the ball a bit and were really good in the field. They deserved it.”

In the semi-final played on Friday, also at Victoria Park, Yass proved far too good for Cobar.

Cobar batted first and was able to amass a respectable 151. But the task proved a relatively easy one for Yass’ best cricketers, reaching the total just four wickets down.

In the corresponding match played at Tim Doolan Oval in Harden, Robertson Burrawang beat the Lower Clarence in a tight one. Chasing 121, Robertson Burrawang scraped home with just two wickets to spare.

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