The region’s best cricket players barely worked up a sweat against Cootamundra on Sunday, yet still walked away with Yass’ sixth Stribley Shield in seven years.
The hosts lost the toss and the Cootamundra captain immediately chose to bat on a fair Victoria Park deck.
But it became clear early on that Yass was the superior outfit.
“We fielded well and were able to hold on to some tough catches,” batsman Robert Field told the Tribune.
Spearheaded by Craig Irwin, who took five for 20, Yass went for the jugular and was able to roll the visitors for just 83 runs.
“To be honest, Coota didn’t really bat well,” Field said.
“But we bowled tightly and, even though we had them eight-out for just 44, we were happy to get them for 83.”
In response Adrian Waters starred for the Yass side, compiling 25 not-out. Joe Crowder grabbed a couple of wickets for Cootamundra but it was to no avail.
“It meant a lot to the boys to get another Stribley,” Field said.
“Some of us celebrated late into the night.”
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The Yass Golf Club held top spot on the Triggs Shield table thanks to an easy win over Bowning. The Piranhas won the toss and, at Victoria Park, sent themselves in.
Phil Sparnon and Daniel Poidevin performed well with the bat, scoring 43 and 37 respectively for the Golf Club.
Things could have been a lot worse for Bowning if not for an impressive spell of bowling from Beau Walker.
Walker claimed six wickets for just 13 runs and, in doing so, restricted the home side to 150.
The Buffaloes would have fancied their chances in the run chase but that quickly changed when captain Robert Field put himself on to bowl.
The medium-pacer, like Walker, claimed six scalps. Field was hit for 24 runs but it was his hat-trick that trumped Walker’s performance.
“I’ve had a few hat-tricks, that’s what happens when you’ve played for 20 years, but it was my first one in a fair while,” Field said.
The Buffaloes were ultimately all out for just 57 runs. They remain in third spot just ahead of the Royal Hotel Pirates.
In the other match at Joe O’Connor Park, the Snipers proved far too good for the Pirates.
The Snipers won the toss, batted and were able to compile 150. David Field and Chris Rawlinson both made half-centuries scoring 58 and 51 respectively. Tom Parr and Alex Waters were the pick of the bowlers and both jagged a couple of wickets each.
The target of 151 proved too big an ask for the Pirates, as they limped to just 87. Representative player Matt Lawrence offered some resistance, scoring 49, but no other Pirates batter offered resistance. Craig Irwin and Mark Garland were the chief destroyers for the Snipers, both taking two wickets.
Pirates’ player Brad Wylie said the way his side was playing wasn’t acceptable.
“If we are to have any chance at all, we need to improve our batting drastically,” he told the Tribune.
The Snipers and Piranhas will go head to head for top spot on the Triggs Shield table this weekend at Victoria Park while the loser between Bowning and the Royal Hotel Pirates will occupy last spot.