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Patience pays off for Colts
SOME late order hitting has helped lift Portland
Colts to a strong position in their top of the
table Portland and District Cricket Association
clash with South Portland at Cavalier Park on
Saturday, setting South 240 for victory after
day one of their two-day match.
After winning the toss South sent Colts in to bat,
perhaps mindful of Colts being without their two
opening bowlers, Luke Evans and Dylan Barr, for
the second day of play.
The move looked a good one early, with Kye
Taylor removing Alister Stannard with the score
The introduction of spin through all-rounder
Brian Marshall saw Evans on his way for 12 not
long after, with Colts fnding the going tough on a
slowish, bouncy wicket to be 2-44.
The visiting side managed to get through to the
tea break without further loss however the runs
were still proving hard to come by, going at
barely more than one per over for most of the frst
part of the innings.
Luke Andrews was playing a patient innings at
the top of the order for Colts, keeping the probing
South attack at bay, while Glenn Hollis was also
able to get through to the break without incident.
It was not long after the resumption of play the
South struck, with Taylor having Hollis caught
for 19 with the score on 75.
Adam Barbary followed shortly after to become
Vaughan Hockley’s frst victim of the day and
when Andrews also departed caught and bowled
to Hockley Colts were failing at 5-75.
A 50-run stand between Colts captain Daniel
Kinghorn and Scott Hamilton got things moving
in the right direction, with the runs coming at a
quick rate as both batsmen gave the outfelders
some work and had spectators guarding their car
Kinghorn became Taylor's third wicket with the
score on 6-125, with 22 of his 26 runs coming
Hamilton would go on to bring up a dashing half
century, belting three boundaries and four sixes in
the process before being bowled by Marshall for
58 with the score at 9-164.
This still left Colts well short of a solid total but
with 10 overs to play the combination of Barr and
Jamie Ferguson was far from the worst 10 and 11
that could have been at the crease.
The duo quickly lifted the side's run rate further,
hitting nine boundaries and two sixes between
them in a 74-run fnal wicket stand
before Barr fell to Damien Bell for
34, leaving number 11 Ferguson
not out on 39 and Colts all out for
Taylor fnished with 3-62 and
Hockley 3-68, while Marshall was
impressive with 2-62.
Kinghorn said while at one stage
the side was hoping just to get to
170 the power of having plenty of
wickets in hand heading into the
last hour or so of play enabled Colts
to muscle its way to a potentially
match winning total.
"A couple of us spoke at tea time,
we were about 70 then, and at that
point we thought if we could get to
170 we wouldn't be super happy,
but it would give us something
that we could have a good crack at
"Some of the boundaries up there
are quite short, so you can get
scored against fairly quickly, if you
bowl in bad areas they can target
those short boundaries.
"That said if you bowl well you
can tie it up too because there are
some big square boundaries too.
"We were a little bit nervous, but we also know
that we bat deep so we knew there would be runs
there if we batted the day out.
"Luke Andrews batted well again, he only got
27 runs, but he didn't go out until after tea, so he
hung around and ground in again with the new
Colts will bring leg spinner Mathew Belden
into the line up next weekend along with former
captain and champion off spin bowler Darren
Chapple, two bowlers who could beneft from a
slower, bouncy wicket.
Kinghorn said he had no idea how much bowling
Chapple had done recently but suggested it would
be a welcome sight to see him loosening the arm
up in the nets this week because his off-breaks
could be handy.
"We might be able to get him down to training to
roll his arm over this week, because on his day he
is a very good off spin bowler.
"Marshy was turning them quite a bit on that
wicket, so Beldy and Chappy could be quite a
handful if they can get on top early."
Combine cracks 200
FOR the frst time since March 13, 2010 Drumborg-
Heywood posted an A grade score of greater than 200
runs on Saturday, batting out 82 overs to set Portland
Tigers 207 for victory at Heywood in round seven of
the Portland and District Cricket Association.
Making the effort more impressive from the improving
young side was that it did so without its captain and
leading run scorer, Aaron Barr, with the only other player
in the side with more than 50 runs to his name this season
being Callem Mizzi.
After winning the toss Portland Tigers sent Drumborg-
Heywood in to bat and would have been thrilled when
opening bowler Paul Young removed frst Levi Lovett and
then Todd Millard cheaply to have the home side at 2-9.
But stand in captain Michael Bell showed some real
leadership for his young side and buckled down with
number four Josh Orchard to dig the side out of trouble.
While it may have only been a 37-run stand it turned the
momentum of the game, leaving Drumborg-Heywood at
3-46 when Bell was bowled by Brad Falcone for 13.
Another small partnership followed, with Orchard
proving to be the rock of the middle order, with the stand
between Orchard and Adam Walker for the ffth wicket
perhaps the defning one of the innings, adding 51 before
Orchard was bowled by Todd McColl for 61.
It was Orchard's highest score in senior cricket and his
frst A grade half century.
Tigers worked their way back into the innings with that
break through, following it up with the wicket of Walker
(26) just four runs later to see the Combine at 6-124,
however a 65-run stand between Matthew Rowney (31)
and Jacob Jefcoate (31) all but lifted the side to 200.
Leigh Malseed (fve not out) and Roger Morris (four
not out) got the side past the elusive milestone, reaching
stumps at 9-206.
Young was the pick of the Portland Tigers bowlers with
3-35, while Brad Falcone (2-25) and Will Oakley (2-25)
also performed well.
The Combine have achieved one milestone with the
innings, the question now is can they defend it?
Evenly poised at Alexandra
THE match between Gorae-Portland and Tyrendarra
is evenly poised following the opening day of play
at Alexandra Park in round seven of the Portland and
District Cricket Association.
Tyrendarra elected to bat after winning the toss but found
it tough to fnd any traction at the crease, with Go-Ports’
opening attack of Stephen O'Brien and Tony Johnson
ripping through the Tyrendarra top order.
Five of the Tyrendarra top-six all went for fve runs or
less before Cameron Mather was joined at the crease by
Shaun Trenorden, with the pair of all-rounders temporarily
stopping the rot for the visiting side.
Mather and Trenorden added a 39-run stand before
Mather was bowled by James Cannon for 28, with Cannon
also claiming Trenorden shortly after to have Tyrendarra
in all sorts of bother at 7-84.
Dean Wilson and Jason Pitt set the ship straight with an
impressive eighth wicket fght back, with Pitt waiting
patiently for the right balls to come his way to put away
and Wilson (41) doing the bulk of the scoring.
The dup added 61 for the eighth wicket and when this
was followed by a 40-run ninth wicket stand between Pitt
and Dylan Murray suddenly Tyrendarra looked in a much
Murray eventually fell to Ken French for 20, with Cannon
fnishing the innings off shortly after to see Tyrendarra all
out for 193.
O'Brien (3-76), Johnson (3-36) and Cannon (3-30) were
the multiple wicket takers on the day.
There was enough time remaining for Tyrendarra to try
for some early wickets late in the day, however Andre
Wallace and Daniel Jones denied them, reaching stumps
Needing 184 more for victory with all 10 wickets in hand
Gorae-Portland has put itself in an excellent position to
make it back to back wins and climb off the bottom of
SOUTH Portland strike bowler Vaughan Hockley was again his side's chief wicket taker and workhorse with
the ball on Saturday.
Picture: ELLY HATELEY 131130eh35
GORAE-Portland coach James Cannon sets off after a delivery that evaded the
infield against Tyrendarra on Saturday.
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