Avoca claimed its first A grade victory in nail biting fashion at the weekend, with just one run the winning margin over Colts Phelans.
In their first season since moving up from A reserve, the Bulldogs have had a tough run with an ever- changing list and the tougher competition seeing the side endure four consecutive losses, making the round six win very satisfying.
The Dogs elected to bat first on Saturday, sending in Nathan Lester and Jason Hunt to open the game.
A 25-run partnership was formed before Lester (6) was claimed LBW by Branden Wagstaff.
Matt Drummond (4) helped the side to 35 runs before he was claimed by Kane Shepherd, followed very quickly by Hunt (21).
Captain Ben Morganti and brother Lachlan saw the side out to 84 runs with the most plentiful partnership of the day of 49 runs, which was cut short by Shepherd who claimed Lachlan (36).
Morganti and Luke Polson saw 43 runs together before Polson (23) was bowled by Dayne Baker, leaving Avoca at 5/127.
Morganti (36) was next to fall also at Baker ’s hands and following wickets Nathan Coghlan and Anthony Brown were claimed with no further score.
Josh Thompson (5*) and Naagapoori Pranay (1*) finished off Avoca’s 40 overs, with a score of 9/140 for Colts to meet.
Baker put on his best bowling performance to date with 3/23, followed by Shepherd with 2/31, while Brock Walker (1/20), Wagstaff (1/5) and Rhys Egan (1/29) all took one wicket apiece.
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