ON THE RUN: Chris Hughes pictured last year made a half-century at the weekend.
ON THE RUN: Chris Hughes pictured last year made a half-century at the weekend. James Loose

Colts setting standard after dominating Valleys on weekend

CRICKET: The Colts A-grade team has proved it will be a force to be reckoned with this season after three of its batsman made half-centuries at the weekend to see the side finish on 293 runs with a wicket in hand over the Valleys 184.

Valleys posted a decent first innings score after the first day of play with Gympie Gold captain Kaden Dickfos contributing most of the runs, only five short of a half-century, but even his efforts could not get the side over the line.

The two-day match concluded on Saturday at Albert Park with Colts captain Hayden Mitchell getting his team off to a healthy start making 62 before one ball strayed too high and was caught by an expecting Karl Leupold.

The top and middle-order continued to provide steady runs for Colts as Brett Sorrell and Andrew Mallett made close to and more than 30 runs each.

Valleys bowler Rod Venn stopped the middle order in their tracks taking three wickets, but Colts still had a winning partnership up their sleeves.

A seventh wicket partnership between Brycen Mitchell and former captain Chris Hughes resulted in both batsman reaching half-centuries with Hughes still on the run.

Hughes said it was an all right score for him first-up, but hopes he can continue and get better.

After 69 overs the Colts finished with still one wicket in hand and seven runs away from the 300 mark displaying what they have to offer this season.

Hughes said the team was not getting ahead of themselves after only the first match of the season.

He said the team continued success depends on whether players were available each week.

"It is still early days yet."

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