The cricket season was batted in on Saturday, with Exies’ Club taking out Leagues’ Panthers, and Hanwood coming out victorious in their match against the Coro Cougars.
Exies’ Club Captain Philip Burge said the team played a “pretty good” match.
“We went pretty well from our perspective. We played a good, consistent game all the way through,” Burge said
Batting first and coming away with 226 runs, the team bowled Leagues’ out for 83.
“Marc Tucker played well, scored 47 and batted well. He also bowled well and got three wickets upfront,” Burges said.
"Jamie Winkler scored a full run, but the hard word was all shared around – it was a good, all round, even contribution from everyone.”
Moving forward, Burge says their focus will be about getting consistency, ready for a repeat performance next week.
“We will be getting better as the season goes on, and I think it will be a pretty good competition, as long as we take each week as it comes.”
The Hanwood versus Coro Cougars match saw Coro batting for the first innings, with Rob Rand and William-Hedges starting off the match with a partnership of 61.
Then the first wicket fell with Mitch Williams-Hedges (31) dismissed by Ben Mcinnes (2/27) and caught by Jason Bertacco.
A slight stumble saw Coro lose four wickets for just 13 runs, with Dean Wynne (2/17) and Mcinnes taking the wickets.
Dean Bennett (8) and Jack Hutchinson (10) led a fight back with a 47 run partnership, before both were dismissed in quick succession by Todd Argus (2/34).
Hanwood captain Charlie Cunial (2/24) rolled through the rest of the batters to see Coro bowled out for 138.
In reply, Hanwood made a good start with Brendan Hicken (27) and Brad Hornery (62) putting on 40 runs for the opening stand before Hicken was bowled by Lucas Conlan (1/17).
Dean Catanzariti (34) picked up where Hicken left off as he and Hornery pushed their side to a victory with a 95 run partnership before Hornery was dismissed for 62.
Issac Campbell joined Catanzariti, who was able to hit the remaining runs to see them take out an eight wicket victory with eight overs to spare.
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