First Grade start the season with 2 wins on the trot!
The Kooringal Colts First Grade side have the started the 2017/2018 season in fine form, with two very good wins in the first two one-day games for the season.
Friday week ago, the Colts took on St Michaels in the season opener under lights at Robertson Oval in the now annual Koetz-Jolliffe Cup – recognising the two legends of their respective clubs. Max Hillier was a late withdrawal for Kooringal following on from wisdom tooth surgery.
The Colts lost the toss, and St Michaels elected to bat. The early going was tough, with some good batting by St Michaels English recruit Michael Mitchell (95*) steering the opposition to 6/175 from their 40 overs. Some tight bowling at the death helped restrict what would have been a very good total for St Michaels and keep it within reach.
Kooringal started the run chase losing debutante Kaylem Fitzpatrick early for 0, before Dave Bolton (38) & Will Morley steadied the ship & the Colts took the ascendancy in the match. In the end, Morley’s 90* would steer the Colts to victory in 35 overs and was well supported by Zac Hines (21) through the middle overs.
Round 2 saw the Colts take on Lake Albert at Rawlings Park, in a battle against the only other winner from Round 1. Saturday morning saw the late withdrawal of former captain Keenan Hanigan & key strike bowler Max Hillier – who is still not fully recovered from his aforementioned surgery. Mat Etchells was called into the side for his first game of the 17/18 campaign, and the Kooringal Colts also welcomed Daniel Perri – who became Colts # 171 with his first grade debut. Captain Sam Whitfield won his first coin-toss of the season and promptly elected to bat first. Some solid contributions again from Bolton (36), Morley (21), Hines (37) & Andrew Dutton (44) saw the Colts push along to 9/182 from the allotted overs.
Some excellent early bowling – particularly from MacGregor Hangigan who took a career best 5/34 from 8 over – saw the Colts quickly get through the Lake Albert top order, at one stage having them 5/58 in their run chase.
Lake Albert rallied but handy wickets to Dutton (2/32 from 8) & Warren Bartlett (2/24 from 5.1) saw Kooringal dismiss Lake Albert for 144 in the 35th over.
The two wins put Kooringal solely on top of the ladder in first grade heading into next weeks match against Wagga RSL.
LADDER: Sitting alone on top with 8 points.
Second Grade yet to post a victory
Kooringal’s second grade side has yet to post a victory in the competition. Round 1 saw the Colts in a strong position with the bat in chasing St Michaels 158 all out, with play abandoned due to rain after 20 overs with the score sitting at 2/61 following the wicket of Cruise Chambers (13) right on the drinks break leaving Daniel Perri 31*.
Earlier in the day, captain Scott McLachlan was left to lament the bowling display showed by his side, with 44 extras being bowled. Something which the side – and the club – will be looking to improve as the season progresses. The wickets were well spread, with the 5 bowlers used all snaring at least 1 wicket.
Round 2 saw the side come up against Lake Albert. The Colts – with a very youthful side that contained 4 juniors – showed plenty of tenacity, and plenty of signs of good things to come in the remainder of the season. The Colts batted first, with junior Saxby Harrison (31) & McLachlan (53) leading the way for the side, pushing the final score along to 8/141 from the 40 overs. Opener Greg Rudd was injured during his innings (calf muscle) & this resulted in the call-up of 12th man & club legend Stuart McGowan to don the Colts colours in the field, playing alongside his son Will.
McLachlan, however was left to be disappointed with the early wayward bowling he described as “too short & leg side” which allowed the Bulls to roll out to 2/87 by drinks, & from there cruised to victory by 6 wickets in the 32nd over. Of positive note was the keeping of juniors Saxy Harrison & Ryan Bourne, whilst the bowling overall was a vast improvement on the previous week with only 3 wides being called.
The side will be looking to continue the improvement & development of the junior players as they push for their first victory of the season against Wagga RSL in round 3.
LADDER: Sitting equal 5th on 1 point.
3rd Grade start the year on the front foot
The thirds took on St Michaels in round 1, and captain Brett Limbrick lost the toss and were sent in the field in the muggy, humid conditions.
Juniors were again a big part of this side, with Kyle Hockley taking the new ball and finishing with 2/14 from 7 overs whilst fellow junior Ethan Pitkin finished with 1/20 from his 8 overs. Limbrick lead from the front with 3/16 from 8 being the pick of the bowlers. All of the bowlers contributed though, restricting the St Michaels side to 119 and being bowled out on the first ball of the last over of the innings.
Kooringal were off to a flying start in the first few overs, with opener Ben Whitby setting the pace early before being dismissed for 18 in the 4th over. From there, veteran Anthony Gardiner (50*) & junior Harry Britton (43) guided the Colts to a 9 wicket win in the 23rd over before Britton was dismissed on the last ball.
The side had the bye in round 2 & will take on South Wagga in Round 3.
LADDER: Sitting equal 3rd with South Wagga on 4 points.
Vikings start the year strongly
The Kooringal Vikings 3rd grade side started the year very strongly, and are unlucky not to be sitting with 2 wins from as many games, after rain forced a draw in their first match. Wagga RSL batted first with the Vikings restricting them to 143 all out. Alphonse Mathew Pallikizhakkethil Joy was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/7 from 8 overs, whilst Jaison Cheeramvelil Jacob (3/24) & Rajeev Radhakrishnan Nair (2/24) also contributed.
The run chase was cut short after 25 overs, with the Vikings sitting at 4/128 when rain interrupted play. Libu Varghese was 39* at the time and Neeraj had earlier been dismissed for 46.
Round 2 saw the Vikings take on Lake Albert, in what would have been the shortest game so far this year. The Vikings absolutely tore the Bulls apart, dismissing them for 57 in the 22nd over, with Alphonse taking 2/18, Rashid Abdul Samad taking 3/16 & the standout being Ramesh Mukundan taking 3/2!
It took just 13.1 overs for the Vikings to chase the total down.
LADDER: Sitting alone on 2nd with 6 points.
4th Grade the big improvers
The Colts 4th Grade side this year have shown the biggest improvement, with captain Harry Pascoe – who is in splendid form with the willow – leading the way in both matches. Round 1 saw the side take on Lake Albert, with Pascoe’s 57, supported by Nathan Dennis (30), getting the Colts to 152 before being dismissed in the 37th Over.
The side then ripped through the Lake Albert, dismissing them for 61. Club newcomer Lachlan Bailey the star with 4/13 from 6 overs, and 2 each to Louis Beard & Jakob Cant.
Round 2 saw the Kooringal Colts play Wagga RSL. The side again batted first, & after losing the openers early, Pascoe blasted his way to 114* for the clubs first century for 2017/18. Pascoe wasn’t alone, with Brenton Crawford supporting him in a mammoth partnership in which he made 77. The Colts finishing at 5/245 from 40 overs.
Pascoe shared the workload around with the ball, with Liam Hanigan (who was the keeper) being the only player who didn’t bowl. Pascoe himself took 3/10 whilst Brenton Crawford & Louis Beard took 2 wickets each.
LADDER: Sitting on top alone with 8 points.