The Maryborough District Cricket Association (MDCA) launched the defence of their 2017-18 division two Kenmac Shield title with an away game against the Ballarat Cricket Association (BCA) Under 21s on Sunday.
Overnight rain and an early start made the toss important, but unfortunately for the MDCA it fell the way of the home side.
The MDCA was sent in on a damp deck and captain Ben Hoban and Colts English import James Copeland, fresh from 71 and a man of the match performance in the A grade one-day final the day before, made steady progress.
The BCA under 21s bowled tight lines and didn’t gift many scoring opportunities.
Eventually, Hoban was trapped in front in the ninth over with the score on 24 runs leaving Copeland to continue with the incoming Sam Bartlett.
The pair took the score to 39 before Copeland departed for 22.
This dismissal triggered a mini collapse, with Sam Bartlett picking out the solitary man at backward square and Martin Dell and Mitch McClure also falling quickly.
A score of 5/64 quickly became 8/83 and cricketers Shannon Brown, Zac McLeod and Jay English from a newly returned Beaufort side, all fell cheaply.
Meanwhile, Tarkyn Balzan delivered an innings of substance and took the MDCA score to triple figures before being dismissed for 29 with the MDCA score on an even 100.
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