Colts Phelans has signalled its Maryborough District Cricket Association premiership aspirations in the league’s opening round, downing Carisbrook by six wickets.
With incoming A grade captain Adam Balzan opting to send Carisbrook in to bat first on a slow Hedges Oval deck, Carisbrook could only manage 18 runs off the first 16 overs as Balzan and Mark Wyllie kept the run rate low.
New Carisbrook recruit Sam Bartlett could only manage seven runs before falling to Balzan, while fellow opener Matthew Dunn could only manage seven before he suffered a similar fate.
Jakob Tidyman (36) and Leigh Koop (31 not out) carried Carisbrook to a respectable score of 7/137 at the end of their 40 over innings, but it would prove too small a total to defend against Colts’ attacking batsman.
Mark Wyllie managed 40 runs from his opening position, and along with Ben Hoban (28), pushed Colts to a relatively easy victory, finishing the day on 140 with six wickets in hand.
Maryborough began its premiership defence in the best way possible, destroying an undermanned Beaufort by 92 runs at the Crows’ home ground.
Despite fielding just four players from its premiership side of 2010-11, the ’Borough’s arsenal of bowling options cut a swathe through Beaufort’s batting lineup.
After setting the Crows a atarget of 171, largely thanks to a hard-hitting half century from captain Marc Cassidy and a quickfire 41 from new inclusion Daniel Nicholson, last season’s premiers removed the home side for just 79.
Despite playing on a hard wicket, it proved to be both sides’ slow bowlers who did the majority of the damage, with young Beaufort off spinner Shannon Brown claiming 4/26 off a five over spell, while Maryborough spin option Corey Taylor snared 4/12 off his four overs.
Cassidy (56) and Nicholson were Maryborough’s best with the bat, while Beaufort slogger Lachlan Murray top scored for his side with 21.
Laanecoorie Dunolly also captured a big win in the opening round against MKM, with the Mill’s woes of last year looking set to continue after going down by 114 runs.
With Dunolly skipper Liam Mottram electing to bat first on a flat pitch at their home ground, Laane monstered MKM’s bowlers, racking up 180 runs off 40 overs.
Veteran Peter Daly made a strong return to the game after taking last year off, leading the way for Laane with 46, while youngsters Josh Williams (29) and Tyson Templeton (26) also made handy contributions.
The pick of the Mill bowlers was Joel Radlof, who claimed three scalps for 26 runs off an eight over spell.
In reply, MKM could only manage 66, with Glenn Templeton tearing through their lower order to claim 4/2 off just two overs.