Junior Jayden leads Colts to fighting win over Eaton

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

A fighting knock from teenage sensation Jayden Goodwin led Colts to a surprising four-wicket win over Eaton on Saturday at the Recreation Ground.

Goodwin scored an unbeaten 58, as the hosts chased down Eaton’s modest total of 148 in the 47th over.

Colts were missing some of their stars, with Jayden’s father Murray as well as stand-in skipper Cruize Ciallella away with the WA Country XI, while regular skipper Tim Hutchison is still out with an injury.

Joe Barningham took the reins for Colts as captain and sent the visitors into bat after winning the toss, a move which proved vital early with Colts bowlers having the top order reeling at 6/68.

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Don Seaman (27) started well opening for the Beavers, but was dismissed by opening bowler Josh Topliss (2-34 off nine overs) which started a collapse of six wickets for just 25 runs.

The middle order of the Beavers crumbled, with captain Clint Hewson (two), Stu Clark (0) and English import Matt Davies (0) all succumbing to some good bowling.

Eaton all-rounder Clayton Caltsounis saved the day though, scoring a handy 60 off 93 balls, which included some of his trademark power hitting.

Caltsounis struck six fours and a six in his hour and a half stay at the crease, before being the last wicket to fall.

Barningham was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-11 off 10 overs, while Topliss, Jake Boyle, Ethan Kelly and Connor Ipsen all took two wickets each.

Colts’ run chase started in terrible fashion, when returning veteran Ian Prosser was dismissed for just four, thanks to Caltsounis.

The debut of James Anderson at number three did not go to plan as well, with the ever-reliable Steve Barron having him caught behind, before Stephen Green was bowled for a duck by Caltsounis to have the home side struggling at 3/15.

But young Goodwin steadied the ship, partnering with Jordan Stynes (20) and Barningham (33) to get Colts home with a little over three overs to spare.

Caltsounis finished as Eaton’s best bowler, taking 2-11 off six overs, while Hewson also took two wickets.

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