Massive victory for Colts
HEROIC performances from Andy Batten and Josh Seanigar helped Colts power to a standout victory over Valleys in the A Grade Twenty20 final at the weekend.
Teams played off at Albert Park Saturday evening and the match went ahead despite looming wet weather.
Colts clinched victory and the Robinson Brothers Shield with a commanding 51 run victory over Valleys.
Colts batted first and made 136 from its full 20 overs before dismissing a hapless Valleys for a meagre 85 runs from 16 overs.
Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said Colts put on a brilliant display of cricket to steal the win.
“It was one of the best night displays of cricket we have seen,” Blackburn said.
“Colts were just too strong and Valleys battled hard but fell into a heap making their run chase,” he said.
Spearheading Colts winning campaign was Batten and Seanigar.
With Colts opening the batting, Batten was a one man show, piling on a massive 67 runs in an exceptional display of talent behind the crease.
The experienced bastsman made light of Valleys’ bowling attack, charging the ball fearlessly and keeping the scoreboard ticking overs.
From his stand, facing a total of 40 balls, Batten made 67, including five fours and three sixes.
Blackburn said Batten turned on the form.
“He has been making some good scores in the last few weeks and he really hit his stride for Colts,” he said.
Batten is a new addition to Gympie cricket after previously playing for Glasshouse Mountains.
Also chiming in with a good haul was Michael Watson, making 23 not out from 30 balls to be the second best performer for Colts.
With roles reversed, Valleys struggled in their run chase and never once appeared a threat.
Openers Steve Brady and Pat Roser were dismissed with little gain. Roser faced only six balls before ambling from the field, out for a duck after being bowled by Travis Chandler.
Doing most of the damage for Colts was Seanigar, who sent the bails flying numerous times to have Valleys sinking deeper into despair.
Overeall, Seanigar claimed four wickets, conceding a tight 13 runs from his four overs with the ball.
Meanwhile, best with the bat for Valleys was Troy Ashton, finishing on 24.
Winning the Robinson Brothers Shield is a major boost for Colts ahead of a new season of cricket.
The shield, first contested last year, was initially won by Wests.
Reserve Grade also played its final at Albert Park earlier in the day with Valleys claiming the Blackburn Family Shield following a narrow victory over Colts, decided by a handful of runs.