CRICKET: Souths have set themselves up as the team to beat this year with strong showings in each of their matches to date.
But an RSL side, led at the crease by Jason Lawer, showed they need to be taken just as seriously as they hammered their fancied opponents on Saturday at CF White.
RSL were coming off the back of a convincing display against Wanderers while Souths smashed Valleys by 168 runs in their last outing.
The two table-toppers were the only game of the weekend with the Wanderers vs Valleys tie postponed until Friday.
RSL made quite the statement, that the premiership is not a Souths one horse race, by absolutely smashing them.
Whilst Souths were missing their star Jordan Lanza, the scale of the victory has blown the competition right open.
RSL had first go with the bat. Souths bowlers were economical enough, with RSL going into the 20 over drinks break with only 78 on the board.
But importantly they had not lost any wickets. This enabled them to ratchet up the scoring rate after drinks.
Openers Jason Lawer (92*) and Sam Dowie (47) proved it is not just the youngsters making all the headlines this season.
That set the platform for RSL to go onto make 6-203. The pick of the Souths bowlers was 14-year-old Harry Williams with 2-17 off 8 overs.
In reply, Souths crumbled to be all out for 60 in the 20th over. Josh Wren set up the collapse with 3-18. While another of the old brigade, Luke Brady, cleaned up with 4-9.
Tenterfield had the bye while Wanderers and Valleys will attempt to play catch up on the two leading sides when they face each other Friday.
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