Colts re­main un­de­feated as Benalla and Ovens Val­ley grab wins

Wan­garatta & Dis­trict Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport -

CITY Colts moved to 4-0 and on top of the lad­der fol­low­ing a gritty 29-run win over Greta.

Win­ning the toss the Colts bat­ted and had scored 44 runs be­fore English­man Tom Jones lost his wicket for 28 runs in a new role for the im­port.

Mitch Gig­gins, who en­tered the game in strong form, was re­moved for a golden duck as he was trapped leg be­fore wicket by Nick Pell and all of a sud­den Greta was back in the game.

But it didn’t take long for Colts’ cap­tain Kent Braden took con­trol of the game and in a part­ner­ship with Ol­lie Wil­lett stead­ied a Greta mo­men­tum swing.

Wil­lett was re­moved for 16 runs by Tom Web­ster which left Kent Braden and Fraser El­lis to bat the Colts to a de­fend­able to­tal.

Braden grabbed his sec­ond half cen­tury of the sea­son and fourth con­sec­u­tive score over 40 to start the year be­fore he was out for 53.

El­lis added 26 and re­mained not out in a good in­nings for the all rounder.

Colts set the Blues the task of chas­ing down 150 runs from 40 overs.

And up un­til the 20-over drinks break, the Blues were in the box seat at 3/70.

“We had started poorly and it looked like Greta were about to chase down the to­tal eas­ily with about six overs to go,” Braden said.

“We had to turn it around with the ball and quickly and we man­aged to get the game back in our favour.”

Andrew Squires knocked the ball around for 41 runs and fell shortly af­ter the drinks break.

The Colts then took an­other three wick­ets for the cost of just 20 runs to get the game back to a level play­ing field.

Greta cap­tain Matt Gather­cole made 12 runs as did Tom Web­ster but the Blues were bowled out on the sec­ond last ball of the in­nings 29 runs in ar­rears of the Colts’ to­tal.

“I was rapt with the ef­fort to fight back like we did,” Braden said.

“Fraser El­lis bat­ted re­ally well and was ef­fi­cient with the ball; I think he took 1/17 off his eight overs, but eight of those runs were nicks through the slips.

“Tom Jones grabbed 28 runs in a new role for him.”

Dy­lan Adams (ham­string) didn’t bowl off his usual run, while Mitch Howe and Nick Nor­ris (un­avail­able) were ei­ther miss­ing or play­ing in a re­duced role from the win­ning side.

City Colts re­main un­de­feated af­ter win­ning each of their first four games, but face a tough three week stretch against Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala, Rovers United Bruck and Benalla Bushrangers.

“We are in a good spot but I would be ly­ing if I said this next month or so isn’t dif­fi­cult,” Braden said.

“It is crit­i­cal; look­ing at it, you would love three wins but if we can get through with two out of the three wins then I will be pretty happy and that sets us up well go­ing into the two-day matches.”

In the other games, Ovens Val­ley United held off a fast fin­ish­ing Beech­worth side on the back of a bril­liant one-two punch of Corey South­ern and Lochie Houri­gan.

Ovens Val­ley made 107 runs be­hind a tail end 31 to Ryan Withers, but with South­ern 5/23 and Houri­gan 2/0 clean­ing up the last seven wick­ets of the match the Tigers de­feated Beech­worth by two runs.

Beech­worth’s Mark But­ters took four wick­ets in the bowl­ing in­nings, while Will Brown scored 38 runs in the chase.

Benalla also held off on in a fast fin­ish­ing clash against De­latite.

The Bushrangers man­aged 159 off their 49 overs, and af­ter De­latite’s Chris An­der­son (27), Fergus Pat­ter­son (29) and Joel San­ford’s 46 runs De­latite was in the box seat for vic­tory.

But Benalla’s tight bowl­ing got the Bushrangers over the line to win by eight runs.

Lee Bren­nan (3/3) and Vaughan Kirk (2/32) did the dam­age for the Bushrangers in the de­fence.

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