Talbot and Natte topple opponents in first round of B grade

Talbotʼs keeper Luke Kemp unleashes a celebration with the dismissal of Carisbrookʼs Jordan Hooper who hangs his head during the first game of B grade for the 2019/20 season.

A reserve and B grade made their 2020 debut at the weekend with A reserve starting their two-day cup campaign and B grade kicking off their one-day season.

The 10 teams that competed in the reserves one-day cup have now split down the middle to form the two separate grades this year.

One-day cup premiers, Creswick got an extra long holiday break and a free hit at some premiership points with Maryborough forfeiting to the side in the first game back.

Colts Phelans and Laanecoorie Dunolly didn’t get the chance to play either with the Hedges Oval pitch washed out.

Colts and Laane will instead play a one dayer this weekend barring any other weather events.

Talbot and Natte Yallock, last season’s B grade grand finalist teams, took the first wins of the competition on Saturday over Carisbrook and Beaufort respectively.

The Yabbies had no issue in claiming their first win of the new year, defeating Brook by eight wickets after the home side failed to deliver with the bat.

Carisbrook won the toss and elected to bat first, 65 runs from Leigh Koop and 21 from captain Jarryd Coghlan turned out to be the highlights of the innings with all other batsmen delivering 10 or less runs, some with no score at all, before they were dismissed.

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