Clunes claimed its third consecutive win at the weekend, defeating long-time rivals Colts Phelans by a modest 29 runs.
The two sides met for the first time since last season’s grand final and although Colts’ drop in competitiveness was clear, the end result was closer than expected.
After the Colts were handed a massive 176-run loss last round by Laanecoorie Dunolly, the undefeated Magpies would’ve expected an easier victory than what unfolded, with Colts hot on their tail right up until the very end.
Colts sent Clunes in to bat first, with the formidable pairing of Mark Jenkin and Mark Allen breaking the ice.
Just 13 runs had passed before Allen (9) was claimed by Nick Henderson.
Brenton Jones came and went very quickly for the Pies, seeing just four runs before he was taken by Branden Wagstaff.
Captain Aidan Thompson (8) shuffled the side along with Jenkin still in tow, before he too was claimed by Wagstaff.
Sam Williams (23) provided a mid-order jump start, doubling Clunes’ total alongside Jenkin before he was claimed by Jibb Iglesias.
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