Even Dunolly display trumps Colts

Laanecoorie Dunollyʼs Connor OʼShea manages to clip the ball down the leg side and past Colts Phelans wicket keeper Luke Tatchell.

Laanecoorie Dunolly’s even style of play has kept it on top of the Maryborough District Cricket Association ladder for another week.

Dunolly was simply too good with both bat and ball, defeating Colts Phelans by 61 runs at Hedges Oval on Saturday with no single contributor stealing the limelight.

Electing to bat first at the toss, Laane batted out its 40 overs for a score of 6/188.

A 52-run opening partnership between Liam Mottram and Brady Templeton provided the perfect platform for Dunolly to launch to a big score, but both batsmen were removed in close succession for respective totals of 37 and 13 to leave Laane at 2/53.

Rather than being rattled by the fall of quick wickets, Laane simply kept on scoring with Brad McHugh and Nathan Nikolic putting on 51 runs for the third wicket.

McHugh was eventually dismissed by Brock Walker for 28 while Nikolic was caught out off the bowling of Kane Shepherd for an innings-high total of 35, leaving the crease with the score at 4/133.

Laane wasn’t quite done yet, with more even contributions from Nathan Leist (24) and Connor O’Shea (22 not out) carrying the Dunolly side to the more than competitive final total.

Kane Shepherd was the most impactful bowler in terms of wickets, removing Nikolic and Laane skipper Jayden Templeton for just eight to end the day with figures of 2/37.

Dayne Baker was the next best bowler with figures of 2/41 while Walker and Nick Henderson each claimed single wickets.

In the reply innings, Colts’ batting woes remained with the side never able to threaten the total after openers Luke Tatchell (4) and Gary Wagstaff (3) were removed in the single digits to leave Colts at 2/9.

For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, November 7.

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