Colts after comeback

Circular Head Colt Cooper Mallinson celebrates taking a wicket during round nine of Cricket North West action on Sunday. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

CNW. The Circular Head Colts Under 15 side has slipped out of Cricket North West’s top four. 

Trailing behind Burnie Hurricanes Purple, the team is in sixth place on the ladder with three victories, four defeats and two draws to the report card. 

In round seven on January 9 the side travelled to take on Burnie Hurricanes Purple in a Twenty20 match, admitting defeat by 23 runs.  

Bowling the first innings, Solomon Tuxworth took to the pitch with a fierce intensity to take four wickets from 16 runs in three overs. Zac Spinks (1/5), Jotham Saward (1/10) and Kade Hardy (1/15) took the other wickets alongside catches from Eli Bellinger, Jakhan Wells and Hardy as the opposition set a target of 9/118. 

In the second innings, batsmen Cooper Mallinson (12), Eli Arnold (11), Bellinger (11) and Spinks (11) reached double digits to score 8/95 from the 20 overs. 

The Colts, while hosting the Sheffield Mountaineers in round eight on January 13, batted out the first innings with Kalon Nicholls claiming a half century. Bellinger (36), Tuxworth (33 not out) and Hardy (27) also displayed noteworthy performances in setting the 7/255 score. 

Throughout the afternoon, Nicholls continued his fine form with bowling figures of two for nine runs in five overs, along with Wells (2/46) and Rylee Popowski (2/19), and three catches from Bellinger. 

The Colts caught out the Mountaineers in 37.5 overs for 115 runs. 

In round nine on Sunday, the Colts were plagued by ducks and single digit scores in the lower order. 

Winning the toss against Ulverstone Black Caps, the home side elected to bat the first innings led by Saward (19) and Mallinson (5). Next, Bellinger (15) and Hardy (11) partnered before the Colts’ momentum began to slip. 

After 33.1 overs, the side was all out for 89 runs. Determined to keep the opposing score low, the side spread out in the field. Hardy (3/17) was on a roll with a catch in the field supporting his bowling statistics, while Tuxworth took two wickets for 18. 

However, the opposition surpassed the target in 28.5 overs to win by four wickets, 6/90. 

The Circular Head Colts will host a home ground game against Burnie Hurricanes Black next Sunday (February 3). 

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