With a 77-run defeat of its closest ranked competition on Saturday, Colts Phelans has further cemented its reputation as the side to beat this finals season.
The match between Colts and Clunes, currenty ranked in first and second place on the ladder, was expected to be the most competitive of round nine, but instead was just another chance for Colts to show its domination of the A grade com- petition.
The Pies started day one fairly well against Colts, bowling the side all out for 172, but crumbled in the reply under the weight of Colts’ ruthless bowling.
Nick Henderson (3/13), Dayne Baker (2/22) Richie Clark (2/46) Mitch Bench (2/9) and Rhys Egan (1/0) took care of the entire Clunes side, with the Pies lasting just 52 overs at the crease.
Jeremy Beggs (21), Mark Allen (20) and Brendan Robinson (17 not out) were Clunes’ highest runscorers on Saturday, which goes to show just how devastating Colts’ bowling was. In the end, Clunes posted a total of 95 runs and sealed its second loss of the season.
The loss hasn’t seen any change in the ladder as Clunes’ track record is much better than the next closest ranked team, Maryborough.
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