Owls’ players hit centuries in cracking start to clash

Richard Clark (Colts) bowls to Mitch McClure (Maryborough) during the first round of cricket for the new year. The Owls set an unreachable precedent at their Princes Park domain in the first round back since the holidays, with their enormous run total aided considerably by maiden centuries from McClure and skipper Martin Dell.

Maryborough made one hell of a statement in its first game of 2020, with two individuals racking up personal centuries and setting a massive 287-run precedent for Colts Phelans.

The Owls were left reeling at the end of last year, losing to Clunes in their first two-day game of the season and then conceding narrow defeat in the race for the one-day cup the very next day.

Colts got eerily close to the Owls during the one-day season despite being ranked much lower at the competition’s end and Maryborough was very clearly trying to avoid the same situation at the weekend.

Electing to bat first at Princes Park, Maryborough sat at just 2/24 after the dismissal of Ben Hoban for a duck and Sam Bartlett (11).

Nick Hoban and Mitch McClure got swinging in a 32-run partnership before Dayne Baker dismissed Hoban (13) LBW leaving the side at 3/56.

Skipper Martin Dell and McClure flipped the game on its head with an outstanding 172-run unity, resulting in maiden centuries for the two Maryborough loyalists.

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