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Colts top T20 ladder

Mitchell Woodcock and George GoodwinSouth Western Times
Eaton’s Clayton Caltsounis tries to smash the ball down the ground against Marist on Sunday.
Camera IconEaton’s Clayton Caltsounis tries to smash the ball down the ground against Marist on Sunday. Credit: South Western Times, Mitchell Woodcock

Colts, Dalyellup Beach, Marist and Leschenault will contest this year’s Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association finals after booking their spots in the December 3 round on Sunday.

Colts finished the qualifying period with a perfect five wins from five games, defeating Collie by three wickets in a last ball thriller in the morning, before accounting for Marist by four wickets at Forrest Park in the afternoon.

Collie set Colts a modest total of 8/110 from their 20 overs thanks to some excellent bowling from Riley Miguel, who took 2-7 from four overs. Despite ducks from Jayden Goodwin and captain Cruize Ciallella, Colts managed to chase it down with nothing to spare thanks to Jordan Stynes’ unbeaten 56.

Colts made it look a lot easier in the afternoon, with Marist setting them 128 for victory thanks to Kyle Davis (42) and skipper Reece O’Connell (40). Young all-rounder Connor Ipsen blasted 77 not out to lead them to victory.

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The Blues booked their spot in the finals that morning with a nine-wicket win over Eaton thanks to the efforts of talented all-rounder Brayden Clark (6-9) who helped dismiss Eaton for just 85 before powerful opener Corey Fitt (50 not out) chased it down with plenty of overs to spare.

Eaton’s day got worse when they were handed a shock 30-run loss at the hands of Leschenault.

The Green Caps posted a competitive 4/158 from their 20 overs thanks to Nic Rep, who scored an unbeaten 81 which included five sixes. Eaton’s Matt Davies tried to get his side over the line with a knock of 41, while veteran Mick Rodgers hit 32, but it was not enough as Jason Shine took 3-15 to restrict the visitors to 9/128 from their 20 overs.

The Green Caps had a sensational day, with captain Tom Buchanan hitting 74 in his side’s 18-run win over Hay Park in the morning.

Leschenault set the Redbacks 132 for victory, but a duck to captain Jono Whitney and poor showings from top order batsmen Chris Waddingham (1) and Marty Foster (0) saw them finish at 6/113.

Dalyellup Beach secured their finals berth with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Collie.

Collie’s Blair Malatesta blasted 51 to lead the home side to 7/120, but Corey Fagan upstaged everyone, hitting 60 not out to chase the total down in the 15th over.

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