Colts’ new recruit Andy Batten has recently dropped the bat for the ball and it’s paying dividends. Batten took six wickets at the weekend.
Colts’ new recruit Andy Batten has recently dropped the bat for the ball and it’s paying dividends. Batten took six wickets at the weekend. Craig Warhurst

Colts dominate on opening day

MAKING the move to Gympie A Grade outfit Colts this year after playing previously for the Glasshouse Mountains, Andy Batten is turning heads.

Batten spearheaded Colts’ attack with the ball at the weekend for the start of a new round of two day matches against Wests.

Colts’ newest recruit claimed six wickets from eight overs to have the team sitting in the box seat at the end of the day’s play.

Colts opened the batting and made 157 before dismissing Wests in the blink of an eye for 41 to bag the first innings.

Following on, Wests returned to the crease shaken, sitting on 2 for 7 when the match umpire called an end to play.

Batten was overjoyed with his six wicket haul, especially considering he is only just now finding his feet as a medium to quick bowler.

“It’s one of my best performances with the ball, that’s for sure,” he said.

“This is my second year bowling on a more regular basis and while I don’t give away too many runs usually, it was good to see the wickets.”

Batten first picked up the ball with Glasshouse to give a newcomer to the side an opportunity to stand in as the wicket keeper.

“I enjoyed it and immediately it was something I wanted to improve,” he said.

Opening the batting, Colts managed 157 thanks to high scores from Joel Sauer (30) and Ben Gear (24).

Wests took to the crease and found themselves immediately under attack by Batten.

Claiming the scalp of captain Neil McKean, Colts’ best player for the weekend made light work of the remainder of the top order, taking out Scott McIntosh for a duck and C Whiteman for a single run.

Wests tried to repel the attack but were overwhelmed, eventually slumping to a mere total of 41 when the last wicket fell.

Meanwhile, Colts sustained their momentum when Wests followed on, taking two early wickets thanks to Batten and Travis Chandler.

Batten said an outright win was the side’s focus.

“Hopefully we can get them out and have an early day,” he said.

“Otherwise we’ll need to have enough time to beat the total they set for us.”

After taking out the Twenty20 competition, Colts are off to a flying start to the season. The side is also beginning to open up a lead on the points ladder.

Gympie Times


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