The time honoured Grinsted Cup will remain in Parkes after a splendidly contested match at Woodward Oval on Sunday afternoon that saw Parkes defeated an enthusiastic Young side by five wickets.
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The game was earmarked by all the best traditions of the Grinsted Cup; good sportsmanship, fluctuating fortunes and high levels of individual and team performances by two evenly matched teams.
In ideal weather conditions, Young won the toss and elected to bat though accurate bowling from Parkes openers Brent Tucker (2/30) and Jonah Ruzgas (1/20) made runs hard to come by.
It was Ruzgas who got the first breakthrough, with the strong left armer bowling Peter Guthrie (6) before Mitch Cameron (17) and Jonty Powderly (18) began to rebuild.
The nagging accuracy of Adam Parker (3/32) and Tucker made life tough though, until Parker managed to have Cameron caught behind by the ever reliable Peter Yelland.
Young weren't going to relent though, with Sam Davis (23) and Duncan Cameron (38) batting with great determination against the disciplined Parkes bowling and fielding.
After Cameron added 17 runs for the tenth wicket with Pat Hislop (3*), Young were eventually dismissed for 134 after 47.2 overs
Special credit must go to the bowling performances of Parker and talented off spinner Ryan Dunn (3/17), while Yelland executed a smart stumping off Dunn's well flighted bowling.
In reply, Parkes opening batsman Daniel Wilson (44 runs) got his side off to the flyer despite losing his partner Jimmy Kuntze (3) early.
Wilson was soon joined by Mitch Crambourne (18) and the pair took the score to 2/46 after 13 overs before the in-form Jock Yelland (36*) made his way to the wicket.
Wilson's splendid innings, that included five boundaries and one six, came to an end soon after for 44 runs.
From there Jock was joined by his uncle Peter (17*) for yet another good partnership between the pair - which gave Parkes a comfortable five wicket victory.
Jock is fast developing a reputation as a fine young stroke maker, and has continued to grow in confidence throughout the start of the season under the guidance of Peter.
Parkes skipper Tucker should quite rightly be very pleased with the efforts of his side to retain the Grinsted Cup for another year. The cup has been an integral component of cricket in country NSW for over 100 years.
Parkes will be hosting Cowra in the final Grinsted Cup game this Sunday.
Parkes 5/136 (Daniel Wilson 44, Jock Yelland 36*; Peter Guthrie 1/10) defeated Young 134 (Duncan Cameron 38, Sam Davis 23; Ryan Dunn 3/17, Adam Parker 3/32, Brent Tucker 2/30) by five wickets at Woodward Oval, Parkes.
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