Armidale City ends Servies' run in nailbiter

CITY ended Ex-Services’ unbeaten run in the Armidale first grade on Saturday, but only by the skin of its teeth, while Guyra earned its first win in the top grade.

Will Frost and Harry Barnett both scored half centuries for TAS in a total of 7-165 but it wasn’t enough against Guyra.

Guyra won by six wickets after a big undefeated partnership from Kyle Taylor and Corby Kliendienst.

They put on 133, with Taylor 89 not out and Kliendienst 42 not out to give Guyra something to celebrate in its first year in first grade.

Henry Cupitt took 3-37 for TAS.

At Lambert Park, City rolled Ex-Servies for only 115, with Luke Brown’s opening effort of 30 the best Servies could muster.

That was a great start for City but it didn’t translate into an easy win.

“We batted poorly,” City skipper Andrew Brownlie said.

“We bowled and fielded well.

“Stephen Butler bowled well again with four for (24) and Karl Triebe (3-23) and (Andrew) Skinner (1-9) were good and I picked up a couple (2-37).

“So the bowling was where we need to be, but the batting was poor.”

Cameron Munday opened with 27 for City and that proved to be the top score as the chase faltered.

There were a few other contributions, such as a 21 from Triebe, but wickets tumbled regularly and it took a last-wicket scramble for the few remaining runs to give City a one-wicket success.

“Col Starkey hit a four to win it,” Brownlie said.

“And Sam Constance, batting at 10,  only got three but it was a good three considering where we were at in the game.

“Whenever we play Servies we have games like this.

“It’s good to get a win because they were unbeaten before this.

“We play TAS next week and our batting has to improve,” Brownlie said.

In the other game, East also notched a big win over Hillgrove Colts at the Sportsground.

Hillgrove batted first but couldn’t get going.

Bentley Cropper’s 38 was the top score as the Colts were rolled in the 37th over for 120 as Nathan Porter (3-38) and Luke Webster (3-14) got amongst the wickets.

Dean Moore then made light work of the run chase with an unbeaten 81.

East won it by nine wickets and inside 23 overs.

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