CNW. A mid-innings bowling comeback helped the Circular Head Cowbiz Colts to a 10-run win over Devonport Orions in their first Twenty20 match of the season.
Defending a total of just over 100, the U/17 side restricted their opposition to 24 runs in the space of 10 overs, taking five wickets in the process and claiming a confidence-boosting result in their opening game.
Playing at Wynyard Showgrounds in overcast conditions and a damp outfield, the Colts won the toss and elected to bat.
Liam McLaren and Thomas Lewis got the team off to a good start, with McLaren (7) first to lose his wicket to take the progressive score at 1/30 at the five-over mark.
Lewis (26), Pearce Watling (26) and Josh Gale (13) batted well the middle of the innings, but the last four wickets fell for a single run as the side fell all out for 102; “probably 20 runs short” of an ideal score according to coach Glen McLaren.
The Orions’ run chase looked to be cruising at 1/42 after six overs, before Colts captain Watling changed tact to spin bowling, bringing himself and McLaren on to bowl with immediate success.
McLaren (3/16) claimed the next three wickets and Watling (2/6) the subsequent two to have Devonport at 6/66 after 16 overs.
Lachlan Oates (1/12), Mitchell Heald (1/15) and Connor Smith (1/12) were the other wicket takers, assisting to restrict Devonport to 8/92 after 20 overs.
Circular Head play Latrobe away from on Sunday November 9, signalling the first of the regular 45-over matches.