Colts seize one day final glory against Harlequins
CELEBRATIONS are ongoing for Gympie A-grade cricket outfit Colts after hitting rivals Harlequins for a six in the Gympie Cricket Association One Day Final at the weekend.
The final was played on Sunday on a soaked Albert Park - the wet weather relenting long enough to allow the covers to come off for play.
Colts batted first and posted a lower-than-expected total of 115 before holding strong with the ball to restrict Harlequins to 82 for a 33-run victory.
Colts skipper Travis Chandler was pleased with the win.
"We played on a tough deck with all the rain and the outfield was still very damp," he said.
Chandler said his team fell short of the 150 he wanted to post after opening up the batting but credited his team with a marvellous fight-back.
"We didn't set the best total but we bowled very well and took some great catches," he said. "I think that was the difference in the end."
Three great catches underpinning Colts' winning performance were taken by Justin Chandler, keeper Guy Preston and Chris Hughes.
Hughes, who cuts an imposing figure on the field at more than six feet in height, took a brilliant catch to send Harlequins' batsman Shane Zahner.
Hand outstretched in first slip, he snatched the ball with conviction from the air.
"It was a top team performance and it was good to beat Harlequins as they are a quality side," Travis said.
Meanwhile, Harlequins president and all-rounder Peter Kross spoke about his team's reaction to the defeat.
Kross managed five wickets with the ball to enjoy personal success but said it "wasn't enough" to help bail his team out of strife.
"The team is disappointed," he said.
"We thought we bowled pretty good to restrict Colts to 115 but our top six didn't do the job with the bat."
Harlequins claimed the One Day Final last year but found a lack of time in the net leading up to the final robbed his team of form.
Kross was quick to say it was a scenario affecting both teams.
"Batsmen haven't been getting enough time in the nets because of all the rain," he said.
"It's something that has been showing in both teams."
Leading up to Sunday's final, Colts enjoyed a solid record to boost their confidence.
The side went unbeaten the entire season in one-day fixtures.
"We've been evenly matched all year," Kross said, "but Colts had the form with their record."
In opening the batting on Sunday, Colts' opening pair of Jackson Waugh and Anthony Smerdon failed to fire.
Waugh was dismissed for three runs, caught off a Luke Wheeler delivery, while Smerdon was uprooted on 24.
The remainder of the Colts' top order struggled in the heavy conditions, the exception being middle order batsman S. Hughes who amassed 29 before a quality Kross delivery led to a catch in the outfield.
Swapping roles, Harlequins were faced with a relatively easy run chase but struggled to string together consistency behind the crease.
The top six batsmen were all dismissed for a combined total of 33.
Brett Sorrell offered token resistance for Harlequins, making 21 before a Smerdon delivery proved his undergoing.
The remainder of the Harlequins batting order lurched dangerously to fall short of the target.