Young stars pilot Colts win
Two new teenage recruits propelled Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association champions Colts to victory against Hay Park in their major league T-20 match at Hay Park on Saturday.
However the champs still finished the qualifying section of the “lightning cricket” bottom of the ladder while the Redbacks pipped Eaton on percentage to enter the final in December.
One of the Colts recruits, Vikram Singh, shone with the bat to make a quick-fire 60.
The opener set up Colts’ innings playing several creative shots in his hour long stint and was joined by Riley Miguel (63) who dominated the lacklustre Hay Park attack on the way to an imposing total of 3-154.
Hay Park started well with two early wickets of the wounded Josh Topliss and Kevin Banwell before Singh and Miguel came to the rescue with a 95-run stand followed by some big hitting by Tyler King, helped by some sloppy Redbacks fielding.
Young quick Jack Buswell then took two early wickets of Redbacks opener Kris Miller and first drop John Richardson next ball with some fine swing bowling.
Unfortunately, he was unable to complete his hat-trick with the dour Michael Tassone overseeing the nerve-wracking delivery.
Tassone would depart shortly after thanks to a jaffer from Cruize Ciallella which went straight through the experienced batsman.
Redbacks captain Jono Whitney batted valiantly for 93, including 12 boundaries, and together with Steve Florance piled on a 113-run partnership.
Despite their heroic run-chase, opposing captain Ciallella produced some deadly spinners to strangle the Redbacks who fell nine runs short of a remarkable come-from-behind victory.
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