Colts’ bowlers restrict Eaton’s in-form batsmen

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Colts gained some bragging rights over Eaton with a three-wicket win at the Bunbury Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Batting first, the Beavers struggled to post a competitive total, finishing all out for 141 after 45 overs thanks to some excellent bowling from a number of Colts youngsters.

Colts captain Cruize Ciallella’s decision to send Eaton in was a good move, with Josh Topliss (4-21 off 10 overs) and Ethan Kelly (3-35 off nine overs) dominating the game.

Openers Matt Davies (16) and Don Seaman (18) tried to give the visitors a solid foundation but were dismissed cheaply. Kelly then had Matt Foreman (3) caught by Topliss, before regular wickets fell.

Some late hitting from Eaton captain Clint Hewson (34) and James Hillery (18) got Eaton to a score they could try to defend on a tough batting wicket.

Joe Barningham (1-23 off six overs) had Hewson stumped, while Topliss got the big wicket off Hillery when he trapped him lbw.

Colts’ chase did not start well when Ipsen was dismissed for just eight runs after he was bowled by Clayton Caltsounis (1-22 off 6.4 overs).

Steve Barron (1-14 off 10 overs) had Tim Stewart (11) caught by Liam O’Mara, before Murray Goodwin (58) and James Anderson (21) began to storm towards the total with ease. Seaman (4-15 off nine) changed the game and got Eaton back into the match, bowling Anderson and having Goodwin caught by Troy Lewis.

He then bowled Ciallella (0) and Riley Miguel (11), while Joe Barningham (0) fell victim to Foreman (1-56 off 10 overs), giving Eaton a chance at victory.

But Blaze Rosinkski (24 not out) and Topliss (4 not out) got Colts home in the 42nd over, giving them their first win over Eaton in three one-day games.

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