Colts and Harlequins snare points
THE last day of the opening round of two-day fixtures resulted in first innings points for A-grade sides Colts and Harlequins at the weekend.
Matches came to a close at the One Mile Oval with the Gympie Offroad Gold XI taking up residency at Albert Park.
Twenty20 champions Colts continued their exceptional start to the new cricket season by finishing off Valleys.
Valleys again felt frustration losing to Colts for a second time after also being defeated in the Twenty20 final earlier this month.
Colts laid down the groundwork for the first innings win a fortnight ago, making 183.
Valleys resumed at the weekend on 1 for 40 but fell shy of Colts’ total as Travis Chandler showed no mercy with the ball.
Chandler was a crucial component to Colts’ victory, taking five wickets from his 20 overs with the ball.
Also helping to tear apart Valleys’ batting order were Troy Rowlands and Ryan Gottke, taking two wickets each.
Colts enjoyed a second stint with the bat but found time in short supply to hunt for the outright victory.
Meanwhile, the second game of the weekend handed first innings points to Harlequins.
Wests looked the goods last weekend after captain Neil McKean unleashed a bombardment to make 140, helping his side finish its first innings with 215.
Harlequins resumed batting at the weekend on 1 for 77 and didn’t waste time in running down Wests’ score.
Opening Danny Shepperson and Michael Walsh proved an effective combination, piling on 89 between them.
Walsh was in particular fine form with the bat, smashing his way to 57 before being caught.
Also helping Harlequins in their run chase was Shaun Ringuet, reaching a half-century before being caught by McKean out in the field.
Wests were able to start their second innings but could only play for pride with an outright win impossible with the time remaining.
With the first round now completed, Colts are the in-form team.