Colts 1st Grade go undefeated through one-dayers
The Kooringal Colts 1st XI have gone undefeated through the one-day part of the competition, with 4 wins from as many games and a washout against South Wagga.
The Colts took on Wagga City at McPherson Oval on Saturday, & were sent into the field by the opposition. Whilst some tight early bowling was on display from Max Hiller & the in-form MacGregor Hanigan, the Colts couldn’t find the early breakthrough, not taking a wicket until the Cats had reached 101 when the wicket of Harry Rosengren (44 from 80) was snared by Marc Vincent in his 150th game. Fellow Cat’s opener Aaron Maxwell fell soon after to Keenan Hanigan with the score at 104.
Play was stopped during the innings for lightning, and the delay meant the match was reduced to 38 overs per side. Tight bowling in the second half of the innings restricted Wagga City’s good start to a total of 6/158 from their 38 overs.
Kooringal lost openers Mat Etchells & Dave Bolton early, however from their did the chase with relative ease. Lead by Keenan Hanigan (54*) who was well supported by Zac Hines (37), the Colts timed the chase to perfection to reach 4/159 in 35.4 overs.
The win means Colts sit atop the premiership ladder on 17 points, tailed by South Wagga on 12 heading into the 2-day games. It also means that the Colts will take on South Wagga in the one-day final.
2nd’s building momentum
Second grade have continued their climb, following on from a 2 run victory in round 3, to record a 43 run victory over Wagga City in Round 5. Captain Scott McLachlan won the toss and elected to bat. The Colts lost wickets early with Cruise Chambers falling when the score was 4, followed by Saxby Harrison just 20 runs later.
McLachlan ended up combining with veteran Ray Stephens who was playing his first game for the season, and the pair put on 119 for the 4th wicket. McLachlan eventually falling for 82 & Stephens not long later for 62. In the end, the Colts were bowled out on the last ball of the innings for 192.
Wagga City never got much momentum going in the run chase, allowing McLachlan to have the rare opportunity to let all 11 players roll the arm over, with Wagga City finishing their 40 overs at 7/149. With the win, Colts moved to 3rd on the ladder only on percentage, narrowly missing out on the one day final.
A win is a win in 3rd grade
The Colts 3rd grade were heavily supported by the clubs under 16s side in Round 5, with unavailability in this grade and higher grades affecting the side and 6 juniors being involved.
3rd Grade took on Wagga City at Peter Hastie Oval (CSU) and Brett Limbrick lost yet another toss, and were sent into the field. The 6 junior players in the side were on song from the start, and tight bowling combined with great fielding ended up restricting the Cat’s outfit to a total of 89.
All bowlers contributed, with Adam Shephard most economical of 1/0 from 3 overs. Bailey Jones took 3/33 from 5 whilst Nathan Roberts picked up 2/15 from his 8. In the field, Zac Randal took two sharp chances at midwicket which helped the Colts in restricting Wagga City.
With the bat, captain Limbrick took 17 from the first over however was dismissed soon after for 23. Fellow opener Anthony Garidner was dismissed for golden, and youngster Jack Kirk (14) and Nathan Roberts looked to steer the side home before the latter was dismissed for 25.
Regular wickets kept falling, however Adam Shephard guided the Colts home with 1 wicket to spare! The win sees the Colts sitting atop the 3rd grade ladder, with the Kooringal Colts Vikings side just behind in 2nd!
4th Grade consolidate position on the ladder
The Colts 4th Grade side took on Wagga RSL on the weekend, with the Colts recording a cruisy victory. The Colts restricted Wagga RSL to 7/146 from their 40 overs, with the majority of the RSL batsmen getting starts, but not going on with it including their top scorer & captain Mick Kirkman who was given LBW for 25.
Pick of the bowlers was the ever-reliable captain, Harry Pascoe who claimed 3/10 from 7 overs including 3 maidens.
The run chase was emphatic, with the Colts making 5/157 from 30 overs. Stu Carey leading the way with an unbeaten 50, well supported by Nathan Dennis (32) and Pascoe finished 26*. The win sees the Colts move into 2nd behind St Michaels only on percentage.