Central Stirling showed its mettle to kick off 2016 with a three-run victory against Quorn in round 2 A grade cricket action.
Bowling first, Central Stirling didn’t have it all their own way.
After some persistent bowling Cameron Edson took the first wicket of Kade Baker (20), gifting Roby McDonald a straightforward catch.
Alex Hosking and Thomas Finlay looked ready to take Quorn to their second consecutive victory.
Orson Poole saw the challenge and answered beautifully taking what proved to be the decisive wicket in Hosking for 56.
It left Quorn in the strong position of 2/112 but the series of events to follow could not have been predicted by the most one-eyed Central Stirling fan.
Quorn’s middle order crumbled, losing the next 4 wickets for just 3 runs, an ultimately game-costing sequence.
Quorn batsmen Tim Connell saw it all before his eyes as the dangerous Thomas Finlay was first dismissed by Drew McDonald for 28.
Poole then found a ruthless streak, dismissing Corey Finlay, Eric Brereton and Robert Britza were next to go, all dismissed for ducks.
At 6/115 Quorn did remarkably well to even get to their total of 182
Connell and new batsmen Karl Finlay steadied the ship before Connell was dismissed by Poole for six.
Finlay and Bailey Marshall put in some inspirational tail wagging before Finlay was dismissed for 59.
His play inspired the tail further before Quorn were bowled out for 182, leaving them in desperate needs of early wickets.
Poole was the pick of the bowlers with 5/38 off 10 overs and was well supported by Edson who finished with 3/43.
For Quron, Hosking’s lone 56 was was the highest individual score, equalling his round one score.
They broke through thanks to Paul Rodgers forcing Todd Phillips to edge to Corey Finlay.
Ryan Finlayson was next dismissed thanks to a superb caught-and-bowled effort from Phillips.
However Drew McDonald was still at the crease and he made sure the Quorn attack knew about it.
He raced to 46 which included six fours, keeping the scoreboard ticking before being bowled by Thomas Finlay, bringing in Ritchie McDonald.
There were scares from the Central Stirling camp of another batting collapse after Finlay struck again to dismiss Jake McDonald for a duck, leaving Central Stirling on 4/90.
However Ritchie McDonald was another story, he showed no mercy for the Quorn attack, making a match winning 74 not out to help Central Stirling reach 6/185 in 47 overs.
Quorn ended up using nine different bowlers with Paul Rodgers the standout, finishing the day with figures of 2/25 off 10 overs.