Harlequins bat Joe Laffey gets hit in the groin by Colts paceman Anthony Smerdon on Saturday.
Harlequins bat Joe Laffey gets hit in the groin by Colts paceman Anthony Smerdon on Saturday. Craig Warhurst

Harlequins lead Colts

ANOTHER massive effort by strike bowler Craig Sorrell has Harlequins sitting pretty in their two-day match against Colts on Saturday.

Sorrell has been in scintillating form with both the bat and ball this summer and on Saturday he continued on, taking seven wickets to give the Quins the edge in the match.

Colts started well with Jackson Waugh notching up 15 runs and Reece O'Brien making 33.

Scott Hughes was in great form with the bat and made 51.

But when Colts lost Anthony Smerdon (9), he started running out of partners.

At five for 103, Colts looked good but just six runs later they were in trouble at nine for 109.

Hughes hung around with Ryan Gottke to add an extra 39 runs but when he was out, caught by Ringuet off the bowling of Tim Kross, Colts had only managed 141 runs.

Colts lost five wickets for six runs as Sorrell ripped into their middle order and tail.

Sorrell ended with the amazing figures of seven for 24 off nine overs.

Colts started well in the field, taking the early wicket of Michael Walsh for 10.

He was bowled by Ryan Gottke.

Walsh's opening partner Peter Kross was middling the ball well. He scored 114 before being caught by Jackson Waugh off the bowling of Carlton.

Kross hit 14 fours on his way to his century.

He and number three batsman Joe Laffey combined to put on a 170-run stand.

Yesterday, Kross downplayed his innings saying he got a bit of a good call early in the match.

"I was lucky," Kross said.

"Very lucky.

"I probably should have been given out in the first over.

"I may have been caught behind.

"I may have hit the ball, it was pretty close," he said cheekily.

Kross said he also had a close lbw decision ruled in his favour when he was on 30. He said, in cricket, decisions always went either way.

"I have had a couple of caught behind appeals turned down while bowling this season, it all evens out eventually."

His partner, Joe Laffey, was not out 55 at the end of play.

Kross said Laffey batted very well coming back into A-grade.

"He had been in reserve grade for a couple of games," Kross said. "He is back in with big John (McClintock) being out."

Laffey showed plenty of resolve to continue after he was hit hard in the groin by an Anthony Smerdon thunderbolt.

The ball hit him flush on the box and it took him a couple minutes to regain his composure and get back to the crease.

Kross said he went down to check on his partner.

"He didn't say much, he was just sucking in the big ones."

At the end of play, Harlequins were once again in a dominant position at two for 195, holding a 54-run lead over Colts.

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