Colts stunned by loss

COLTS will play Valleys in the A Grade Twenty20 Competition final at Albert Park this weekend but first must shed the disappointment of a surprise loss to Wests at the weekend.

Already through to the final thanks to two impressive victories earlier, Colts played Wests in a dead rubber hoping to sharpen their axe before the final.

But ambitions of a confidence-boosting victory were dealt a fatal blow by a fired up Wests outfit.

Disappointed with their form during the first two rounds of the competition, Wests played with a point to prove and emerged triumphant.

Wests batted first and made a respectable 143 from its 20 overs, losing only four wickets.

Opening batsman Brendan Mahaffey showed why he had been selected to play for the Gympie Offroad Golf XI in the senior Sunshine Coast Division 1 competition by making 41 not out.

Upstaging Mahaffey, however, was Brendan Sauer, going on a rampage to smash 80 before Colts' Troy Rowlands sent the wickets flying with the ball.

Included in Sauer's stand at the crease were a remarkable seven sixes and six fours.

With roles reversed, Colts had a nervous start to their run chase when Brad Millard was dismissed for five.

M O'Hara stabilised Colts, though, making 30 before dropping his wicket.

Best with the bat for Colts was A Batten, making a half-century to help Colts arrive on the verge of victory.

Wests, determined not to lose again, held strong to remain four runs clear.

Although the loss is of no consequence, Colts would have preferred a better preparation ahead of the final.

Gympie Times

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