Trophy chance awaits

CNW. They’ve competed in several losing grand finals, but Circular Head Cowbiz Colts’ U/17 side is in pole position for a piece of silverware this Friday.

Undefeated in the five Commonwealth Bank Twenty20 matches played so far this season, the local side travels to Wynyard to take on Ulverstone in the grand final starting at 5.30pm.

Coach Glen McLaren said his side had stepped up in the short format of the game; their unbeaten run largely spurred on by impressive work in the field.

“Our fielding has picked up in the T20s, we’ve been competitive,” he said.

“We’ve brought in a couple of younger guys [and] we’ve changed out batting line-up a bit.”

The last time the two sides met in a T20, the Colts restricted the opposition to 5/94 before escaping with a narrow one-wicket win, helped by an unbeaten 28 to the team’s highest-scoring batsman in the competition, Carlton Heres.

While the Colts trail behind Ulverstone on runs scored in the competition (516-601), the opposition has lost seven more wickets at the crease (27-34).

“If we can score 120, that’s very competitive,” McLaren said.

“Our top six . . .  last time we played Corey Briggs took 5/19, so our batting’s got to be able to stand up.”

McLaren said Ulverstone’s batting had been their strength so far with Briggs also in the spotlight with bat in hand, scoring 101 against Burnie in his last match.

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