Colts to take on a determined Maryborough in season return

Mick Malik excelled for Maryborough in the 2019 portion of the season and the side will be gunning for victory in 2020 after last monthʼs grand final loss.

Maryborough will be on the war path during two-day cricket, determined to make up for the ultimate loss last month which spells trouble for Colts Phelans this round.

The Owls suffered heartbreaking defeat in the one-day final last month, falling short by just 36 runs in a courageous effort against a dominant Laanecoorie Dunolly.

When Laane opened with a daunting 6/236 innings, Maryborough knew it needed a miracle to put up any comparable figure in the reply.

Sam Bartlett almost dragged Borough to victory, making 77 runs and lasting alongside six partners, but his dismissal at 7/168 was a major blow for the side.

In the end the Owls were able to take their total to 9/200 before their overs were up.

While this loss was crushing for Maryborough, it could very well inspire its players to band together throughout the long form season.

The Owls were unfortunately defeated in their only two-day game last year, losing to Clunes by 93 runs, which is sure to inspire a great showing against a lowly Colts this weekend.

Colts won a single one-day game over MKM back in round four, but have since lost four games in a row, including their first two dayer to Avoca in the final round of 2019.

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