Colts make big tally before being bowled

James Copeland hooks the ball hard towards the boundary during Coltsʼ first innings with Clunes at the weekend.

Colts Phelans has set the tone for round nine, putting up 172 runs on Saturday before the entire side was bowled out by Clunes.

In a top of the table clash, the stakes couldn’t be higher for either side, with Colts currently leading the A grade competition on 46 premiership points, just three ahead of second placed Clunes.

Colts elected to bat first at the weekend, sending Branden Wagstaff and James Copeland to open.

Wagstaff (11) made minimal contribution before he became the first of many to be claimed by Brendan Robinson.

Mitch Bench (2) partnered up next to Copeland, only to be dismissed by Robinson very shortly afterwards.

Will Collicoat was the next up and held alongside Copeland for a much needed 79-run partnership.

With 47 runs under his belt, Collicoat was the next batsman sent packing, awarding Josh Henderson his only wicket of the day.

Rhys Egan was the next Colt to buddy up with Copeland, but he was dismissed by Clunes legend Mark Allen with just 16 runs his personal native wouldn’t have been too Balzan (6) briefly stood alongside total.

Copeland’s run came to an end at the hands of Ash Gunn, but the UK shattered with an individual score of 64 runs.

Copeland’s last partner, Tarkyn Luke Tatchell before he was bowled for a duck and Balzan himself was quickly claimed by Allen, leaving the side at 6/159.

For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 12

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