After a modest start on Saturday, Maryborough successfully muted Beaufort’s attempt at a win in its first round of A grade cricket for more than six seasons.
The Crows were previously in recess, returning to the Maryborough and District Cricket Association (MDCA) just last season in A reserve.
Now returning to A grade as well this season, Beaufort knew it’d have to impress against power- house Maryborough in round one.
The Owls elected to bat, sending league medalist Sam Bartlett and Nick Hoban to the crease to kick off the season.
Beaufort’s Ben Iseppi cut Bartlett’s (13) appearance short, and Hoban soon followed at the hand of Zac McLeod.
Captain Martin Dell got things moving alongside six of his players, the first of which, Mitch McClure (3) came and went with little difference in scoring, followed by wicket keeper Ben Roberston (2) and Mitch Kennedy (0) all with minimal impact.
Things looked scary for Maryborough which sat 5/52, but Dell powered on with some assistance from Jake Postle (3) who saw 17 runs before he was dismissed by Taylor Hall.
Troy Hubble came to the Owls’ rescue, adding 11 runs to the total and putting in a 44-run partnership, the most plentiful for the day, despite batting at eight.
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