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Colts Report Round 1 vs Hawkesbury

How To' Get Your Season Of To The Right Start

Welcome to this season's collection of How To's from the Colts side 2006/07 ' Defending Premiers.

A new look side from last year has brought together talents from a net cast far and wide. A team every bit as talented as the previous year and a team that will be hunted by all others. Fresh from a commanding lead in the fantasy league and with a few hours of captaincy experience whilst Tweety was off the field during last year's tilt at the premiership, Millar led his side to a comprehensive victory over Hawkesbury, gaining a bonus point in the process.

(James Ellison is bolwed at Beauchamp)

Step 1:

After winning the toss, Legge took advantage of a batting strip that resembled the F3 he had driven down earlier. However, after waiting patiently whilst the opening bowler from Hawkesbury bowled wide after no-ball, Legge (9) succumbed to the lack of pace, caught the leading edge and floated a catch back to the bowler. Weaver at the other end looked comfortable but lacked timing and placement before being adjudged LBW for 29 just after drinks.

It was Brett 'Marvz' Marvell and Doug 'The Pizza Boy' Harris that set about making the most of the fruit delivered by the Hawks' spinners. They took the score from 2/77 to 195 with some stylish straight drives and some well judged lusty blows which sent the Hawks to all corners of the park to retrieve the ball. Both of these blokes are recent additions to the club and look to have a real future in the higher grades. The Pizza Boy (61) and Marvz (76) fell in quick succession bringing Tim 'Frago' Fragogianas and Millar to the crease. Both set upon the bowlers and lifted the run rate in the final ten overs, with a target of well over 260 in their sights.

(Tim Fragogiannis and James Ellison)

Millar foolishly thought all that beach running with the Moth during the off season had made him quicker between wickets and was run out taking a second that was never on. After making 16 from 7 balls, he was left to ponder if it was the Curly's breakfasts that were his undoing. Ellison (9) was next in and after getting onto a couple was cleaned up, giving the webmaster his first action photograph of the woodwork being rearranged this season.

Lappan was next in and quickly followed Ellison back to the pavilion after being fired for 0. 3 LBWs in the first game of the season!! Tweety would have been pulling his hair out at the thought of his old team giving out their own players 'leg before'. Its ok Tweety, they were all were VERY adjacent. Your mentoring and sentiments will be held in high regard by all those in the Colts.

Frago (34*) was joined by Ranney (3*) and they saw the score to 7/279 at the end of the 50 overs. An above average score on Beauchamp, but the bowlers were going to have to keep a tidy line after the Hawks gave over 40 sundries and an extra 5 overs during the Colts innings.

Step 2:

Lappan and Skinner opened the bowling after the break and both immediately applied the pressure. Lappan (0/44 from 10) had a couple of close shouts and at the end of his first spell had contained the Hawks openers and placed them in a difficult position to maintain the fast climbing required run rate. Ian 'Skinny' Skinner had a solid first spell but strayed a little in line and length, being hit for a maximum in his first over after some jock in the slips quipped that the batsmen should be reminded that they were playing a one-day game.

Frago (0/2 from 2) came on to replace Skinner but was soon troubled by an ankle injury that saw him leave the field after just a couple of overs. Millar replaced him and continued his tight one-day lines, frustrating the batsmen into playing false shots. Ellison (0/10 from 4) replaced Lappan before Ranney was introduced into the attack and immediately settled into tight lines that contained the batsmen.

(The skipper in action)

When Millar (1/22 from 7) took the first wicket, they needed 8 an over from the remaining 30 and the Colts were looking for bonus points. Weaver was providing encouragement from slips even though he confused about which team he was playing for ('Go the Hawks'). The only disappointing facet of the day was that a few regulation chances were missed behind the wicket but they didn't prove costly.

Ranney's spell (1/28 from10) helped seal the victory and deserved more than the one wicket he picked up. His skills will be vital if the Colts are to bowl teams out on such a great batting track. 'Skinny' Skinner came back for a second spell and picket up a couple of vital wickets bowling much improved lines and end with the figures of 2/52 from his full allotment.

The pizza boy (1/33 from 4), fresh from his debut half-century was thrown the ball and, despite seeing it sail over his head a couple of times, picked up his maiden wicket at the Gordon club. Selby (0/15 from 3), who has been press-ganged into keeping for the Colts, gave the gloves to the injured Frago and had a go with the ball in the dying stages of the match before Lappan bowled out the game.

Entire articles should be devoted to the tireless way Lappan applies himself in the field and with the ball in hand. Still looking for his first wicket this season (on an unforgiving Beauchamp Oval), his last ball of the day cut the opposition captain in half and sent stumps and bails to the four corners of the oval' 'No ball''Wow' has Lappan vocabulary substantially improved over the off-season.

Unfortunately, the story gets no better. The final ball saw the reprieved Hawks captain dispatch Lappan for a maximum back over his head to finish the match. Only the stumps at the bowler's end went flying this time as the poor bowler relieved his frustration.

However, with a good bunch of blokes coming together for 2006/07, talent to spare and a mindset of application and commitment, the Colts will again be a force this season.

Dave Millar


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