BIG SWING: South Wagga batsman Mick Mattingly lines up the ball in the Blues win as Wagga RSL wicketkeeper Josh Staines waits for the ball. Picture: Laura HardwickA century to Mitch Sykes capped off a big day with the bat for South Wagga.
The Blues prevented Wagga RSL from claiming its first win of the season with an impressive batting display at Robertson Oval.
Set 221, they passed four wickets down but continued to bat on as to chase more points.
The move enabled Sykes to bring up his milestone, only the second century in Wagga cricket this season.
He was well supported by Luke Gerhard (57) and Mick Mattingly (44) but all South Wagga batsmen made solid contributions.
Captain Joel Robinson was not only impressed with Sykes’ effortat number four, but that of the entire team.
“It was a good all-round performance, everyone contributed and he (Sykes) obviously finished it off,” Robinson said.
“It was not only good for the team but good for himself as well.
“It is something that will probably kick start his year as well.
“A big score from him has always been on the cards, he’s a class player but had got a lot of 20s to 50s but never quite gone on.”
Sykes’ innings of 103 featured 15 four and a six before he was removed by Tim Cameron
After starring with the bat on day one of the clash, making an unbeaten 71,Cameron was again the standout for the Bulldogs.
He took five of the six South Wagga wickets to finish with figures of 5-101 off 20 overs.
South Wagga will play Kooringal Colts in a grand final rematch while Wagga RSL tackle St Michaels.
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