Front-running home teams claimed weekend wins
CONSISTENCY in the Sunshine Mitre 10 A-league was not broken at One Mile Oval on Saturday when front runners Colts and Harlequins claimed new wins.
On the Jack Ison pitch, Harlequins made easy work of Wests when they surpassed their run tally of about 180 with wickets still to go.
Wests stepped up to the crease first, on what captain Brett Long described as a deceptive pitch.
"The pitch was more lack lustre compared to what it looked," he said.
Long said Wests had in fact made a strong opening stand, thanks to the efforts of Neil McKean who chalked up 78 runs.
However, Wests batsmen who followed were unable to continue the good work of McKean.
Long said much of the damage done to Wests was courtesy of Harlequins' Cameron Quinn, who's returned to last year's premiership-winning team after a stint with the Gympie Gold in the Sunshine Coast A-league.
"Cameron Quinn led the way for them," Long said of the side's ultimate danger man.
Wests' bowling couldn't keep the Colts down either, despite Long thinking the reasonable total of 180 had the potential to give Wests a win.
"We thought it was something that could be bowled at," he said.
But it wasn't to be, with Harlequins chewing up the numbers with relative ease.
Meanwhile on the Kozminsky pitch, Colts maintained their strong one-day wins did a number on Valleys, making an enviable 8-239 and then bowling Valleys out for around 180.
It was Scott Hughes (63) and Jackson Waugh (60) who made serious contributions to Colts' victorious run stance and
Neil McFarlane (3), Chris Hughes (2) and skipper Travis Chandler (2) knocked out a large chunk of Valleys' batsmen.