Centennial took 30 overs to reel in the century set by Bowlers in the only match of Gulgong District Cricket played on Sunday.
Steve Haney put his stamp on the game claiming six scalps (taking two of the catches himself) for 30 runs from his 10 overs with the ball. And top scoring with 43 after opening the run chase.
Opener Matt Orr would be the Bowlers’ top scorer with 26 and a lower order 21 from Greg Reid their next best on the way to a total of 100.
The defending champs didn’t have the wickets in them, with Lachlan Rayner’s 18 n.o helping guide Centennial to victory.
The other Gulgong match for Round 2 – Gulgong RSL v Goolma – was abandoned due to the field Billy Dunn Oval being too wet.Only Mudgee’s reserve grade matches went ahead.
The Oriental Bulls scored an 85-run win over Home Decor, making it an inauspicious start to the season for the beaten side who had the first round bye.
Number-five Andrew Whale (54 ret.) and first-drop Cal Double (50 ret.) put the Bulls well on the way to their total of 194 when they dutifully stepped aside after their respective half-tons, while Jack Lawson chipped in a valuable 35.
Dakota McLean took 3/23 for Home Decor.
Oscar Mahon unsettled the chase early, removing both openers with the scoreboard at just 26. Matt Nutley (36) the only batsman to make a start as they slumped to be all out for 109.
Fletcher Sibley also claimed a double for 15 runs, while Paddy Morse’s 1/10 off five, with a maiden was tight.
While Woolpack held off Barbarians in a low scoring clash at Walkers Oval.
Openers Shaun Lumsden and Brady Stewart laid the foundation for their side, setting 32 and 20 respectively, and getting the total to exactly half the ultimate score of 88 when the former was dismissed.
Daryl McGrath (11 n.o) the only other Woolpack batsman to hit double figures.
Barbarians’ Martin (2/42), Edwards (2/4) and Parrish (2/27) all taking a pair of scalps each.
With the bat in hand Gordon Wright was their best at 22, with Issac Palombini and Dave Martin both adding 15, the Barbarians were back in the pavilion for 81.
Josh Carev (1/23) took the breakthrough wicket, with McGrath (2/11) taking valuable top order scalps and helping stifle the innings. Nine bowlers rolled the arm over for Woolpack.