MKM falls victim to a dominant Colts in round seven clash

Colts Phelansʼ James Copeland departs thanks to the bowling of MKMʼs Jaxon Smyth on Saturday.

Colts Phelans dominated MKM at the weekend, proving they are once again worthy of a place in a 2018-19 grand final.

Colts have been on a roll this season, defeating Clunes in the one- day grand final in December, and showed no signs of slowing down on Saturday.

The Mill have had a less successful year, finishing fifth on the one-day ladder, a ranking they currently hold on the two-day table.

After suffering a narrow defeat to the higher ranked Creswick in round six, Saturday was a lacklustre effort by Mill, who could only produce 79 runs from their 45 overs.

The most significant scores came from opening batsman Keiran Johns (24) and Stevan Shovan (13), with the rest of the batsmen failing to contribute any scores greater than 12 in the capitulation.

Some sharp bowling from Richie Clark (3/22), Dayne Baker (2/15) and Nick Henderson (2/17) made the biggest dent on MKM’s batting side, with a handful of bowlers chipping in with single wickets as Mitch Bench, Branden Wagstaff and Rhys Egan helped keep MKM tied down.

Taking to the crease, Colts had no trouble outscoring their opponent, needing only a handful of batsmen and 40 overs to put a score of 2/131 on the board.

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