CITY United began its new season with a new skipper and some new faces when it went close to running down Dubbo RSL Colts at Chauvel Oval in Tamworth on Saturday.
The visiting Dubbo side made 5-204 in its 40 overs and then bowled out City United for 200 in a tense season opener for both clubs.
Wes Giddings topscored for the Dubbo side, smacking four sixes in his 61 while Tim Howarth retired after making a half century (52).
Matt Keenan (30) and Ben Howarth (22) also made runs against an attack best served by Nick Blake (3-23), Jack McVey (1-24) and Tait Jordan (1-33).
City United began its run chase well, with former skipper Dan Whale (33) and Ryan Hansen (38) putting on an opening stand of 71.
Simon Toyer (28), Blake (28) and new skipper Harrison Kelly (26) also got starts but Will Wolter was the destroyer, claiming 4-34 from his nine overs.
Ryan Danes also nabbed 3-21 and Tim Howarth 2-25 to go with his half century as the home side fell five runs short of a victory.
Kelly thought it was a good start for him and his new club.
City United has lost a half dozen of last year’s side and will campaign with a new-look, young side under the leadership of the former State Under 17 and 19 player.
Kelly, 18, thought his side bowled steadily.
“Everyone did their own bit – played pretty well,” he said.
He thought Jordan bowled well as did fellow medium-pacer Blake.
“Tait played third grade last year but might play a bit of first grade,” he said.
“Nick didn’t play at all last season.
“They’re two good young players.
“Lochlan Cooke bowled some good leggies as well.”
McVey also bowled tightly, his first five overs producing just nine runs.
He eventually finished with 1-24 off his nine.
“Our batting was also pretty good,’ Kelly added.
“The top five all got starts.”
Kelly is looking forward to the challenge of skippering the side.
He’s had plenty of captaincy experience from his junior days.
“We’ve got another trial in Armidale next weekend and then the Bash For Cash here on the October long weekend.
“That’s 14 overs -a-side between the six clubs. Should be a bit of fun.”
DUBBO RSL COLTS 5-204 (Wes Giddings 61, Matt Keenan 30, Tim Howarth 52 (ret), Ben Howarth 22 - Nick Blake 3-23, Tait Jordan 1-33, Jack McVey 1-24) d CITY UNITED 200 (Dan Whale 33, Ryan Hansen 38, Simon Toyer 28, Harrison Kelly 26, Nick Blake 28 - Ryan Danes 3-21, Will Wolter 4-34, Tim Howarth 2-25).