Colts win weather affected thriller final

George GoodwinSouth Western Times
Murray Goodwin
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Colts defied the wet weather to claim a three-wicket victory in a rain-shortened Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association match against Hay Park on Saturday.

The 2015-16 grand final rematch was the only First Grade fixture to take place and it was reduced to 30 overs, with the Redbacks managing to get their wicket up just in time to contest a thriller.

Sent in to bat by Colts, the Redbacks made a solid start with opener Kris Miller capitalising on some loose bowling.

Miller hit a series of scintillating square cuts in a 41-run opening stand with Brendan Jones (four) before departing for 49.

Redbacks skipper Jono Whitney fought his way to 32, while Chris McMillan provided a quick cameo, scoring 14 as Hay Park made 6/122 off their 30 overs.

Jack Wilson was the star with the ball for Colts, taking 3-16 off his six overs, including the scalps of Miller, Mark Steven (eight runs) and Chris Waddingham (0).

As usual, Colts’ top order contributed to the cause, with James Anderson (25 runs) and youngster Jayden Goodwin (24) starting their side off with an opening stand of 51.

Murray Goodwin added to his stellar season to take Colts within five runs of victory, scoring 42 runs off 40 balls.

But when Waddingham dismissed Goodwin, Colts were looking shaky.

Hay Park leg-spinner Shaun Towers (3-26 off six overs) dismissed the middle order of Colts with ease and Whitney slowed the scoring with some tight bowling.

However, luck was on Colts’ side, with a series of sundries taking them to victory, with just five balls to spare.

Eaton’s match against Marist was washed out, as was Leschenault’s game against Dalyellup Beach.

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