Avoca made a massive statement in its A grade debut at the weekend, falling short by just 10 runs to one of the competition’s most seasoned sides, Clunes.
After claiming back-to-back cups in the past two A reserve seasons, the Bulldogs thought it was time they stood up in the league’s most senior grade (a side that has seen an A grade grand final in every season since 2014) and did so with a spirited effort against the Magpies.
Clunes elected to bat first after winning the toss at the kennel and sent the ever reliable pairing of Mark Jenkin and Mark Allen to open its batting for the season.
After a successful run, the Clunes duo was stopped just two runs short of a ton by George Norton, in his debut for the Dogs, who dismissed Allen for 43.
In his Pies return, Mitch Coppick stood by Jenkin for 22 runs before Norton took his second wicket, taking out Jenkin (45).
Coppick (18) and Sam Williams racked up a 57-run partnership before Coppick was bowled by Thompson.
Then paired with newly recruited Shehan Dhanapala, Williams saw just two runs before he himself was bowled by Thompson.
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