GALLERY: Giant-killers Centrals add Orange City to Royal Hotel Cup scalps

GALLERY: Giant-killers Centrals add Orange City to Royal Hotel Cup scalps CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Daryl Kennewell. Photo: MATT FINDLAY
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CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Jock Cartwright is dismissed as Centrals celebrate. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Jack Dodds. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Jock Cartwright. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Jake Pauletto retires hurt. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Ben Findlay. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Jameel Qureshi. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Daryl Kennewell. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Dean Turner. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Daryl Kennewell. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Pat Giuffre. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Zac Reimer. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

TweetFacebookCRICKETCENTRALS continued their giant-killing ways on Friday night, knocking off another Royal Hotel Cup heavyweight to claim their second consecutive Twenty20 win and earn guaranteed progression to the semi-finals.

Following their upset of last year’s runners-up Cowra a fortnight ago, Centrals stunned one-time T20 champions Orange City at Wade Park on Friday, producing a dominant performance to thump the Warriors by seven wickets.

The win gives the red and blacks a guaranteed place in the final four, with a game in hand, and also signals the first time the side has even looked like passing the group stage.

“It’s awesome, it really is,” Centrals T20 skipper Jake Pauletto beamed.

“That’s what we were hoping for, it’s what we came here for.

“We did ourselves proud out there in that one, particularly in the field.

“I think that was the difference between the two sides, we took our chances and Orange City didn’t.”

Batting first after stand-in skipper Jackson Coote won the toss, Orange City didn’t fire at all.

Openers Adam Cowden (1) and Jock Cartwright (7) went early, and the Warriors’ cause wasn’t helped when Daryl Kennewell (2-19) had marquee man Josh Toole caught behind for a second ball globe.

At that point, Orange City was reeling at 3-15.

Outside a fighting 30 from middle order bat Ben Findlay and a timely 24 from Coote in the lower order, the Warriors surrendered meekly, skittled for 114.

Outside Kennewell, Zac Reimer (3-23) continued his sterling T20 form and was the pick of Centrals’ bowlers.

In reply, once again Centrals’ marquee in Blayney’s Jameel Qureshi led the way, knocking up 60 not out in the chase, combining mainly with Josh Coyte (27 not out) to get the red and blacks over the line with seven wickets and two overs to spare.

“Jameel’s been a real rock for us, with 60-odd not out in both chases, he’s been handy,” Pauletto said.

“He’s great to have in the field too, with his ideas, experience and his positivity. I know the young blokes really look up to him too.”

Pauletto said considering his side had traditionally struggled in T20 cricket – that was the side’s third win in almost four seasons in the shortest format – Centrals would make the most of their form and were gunning for top spot in pool B.

“I’m not sure what’s changed from previous years, I think it was just a case of having not really won before, we weren’t sure how to do it,” he said.

“We got a sniff against Cowra and the attitude changed. I think the guys just figured out yes, we can do this.

“We’re looking to knock off CYMS Moroneys now in our last game, get three from three, finish first and get what should be an easier semi-final.”

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