Australia Day marked with exciting A res and B grade clashes

Ricky Henricksen (Beaufort) is bowled by Colts Phelansʼ Adam Balzan during their A reserve match on Saturday.

In true Australia Day fashion, cricketers picked up the bat and ball around the district on Saturday as A reserve headed into round eight and B grade returned for the first time in 2019.

Colts Phelans and Beaufort were the only A reserve teams that took to the pitch on Saturday as Clunes was dealt the bye and Creswick, who was set to face Avoca, was unable to field a side.

Avoca and Creswick have instead agreed to play a one dayer this Saturday.

Colts and Beaufort will return to Hedges this Saturday to finish off what they started at the weekend.

On Saturday, Colts elected to bat first after winning the toss, sending Rob Tatchell and Luke Baker to open.

Tatchell (12) was the first Colt to drop at the hands of Ricky Henricksen.

Tatchell’s replacement, Rhys Wagstaff (3) fell with minimal contribution as did his replacement Grant Rogers (1) and his, Peter Egan (5).

After outlasting four of his partners, Baker (18) was the next to go which left Colts at 5/50.

Kane Shepherd (21), Adam Balzan (14) and Phil Collicoat (15) were the side’s only other double- digit contributors for the day.

In the end, Beaufort managed to bowl Colts out for 126 leaving the Crows to chase down a respectable total.

For more on this story see Page 38 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 1

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