Colts lose third grand final in three years

THE COLTS have once again been the bridesmaids of the Walcha Cricket competition after being beaten in the final for the third year straight.

Round Swamp never looked like being beaten after collapsing the major semi winners for 105 in just 24 overs of the 40-over match.

In something that is fast becoming a curse, Colts have won the minor premiership three years in a row but have been unable to win the premiership.

This year they beat minor premiers Rugby League in the preliminary final but couldn’t go on with it.

Round Swamp on the other hand finished fourth out of the five -team competition after not winning a single game in the first round.

The Barry Hoy-led team came good at the right end of the season however, going through the finals undefeated and finishing with the premiership.

Swamp got off to a top start when Nathan Goodwin trapped Phil Frewen in front in the second over.

Ed Blomfield and Phil Pittman got the innings back on track until Lee Harrison took a screamer just off the ground from the bowling of Luke Wellings to remove Pittman.

From then on the only other person to make double figures was Will Fletcher (18) as Wellings combined with Craig Lord to go through the middle and tail.

Lord finished with four after wiping out the tail and Wellings with three.

It didn’t get any better for Colts, dropping a sitter from Thomas Hoy on the first ball off the innings.

They would go on to drop three more as Swamp cruised to victory, passing the total after 25 overs three wickets down.

Wellings (21) put a stamp on the season by hitting the only six of the game over the bowler’s head to end the innings.

Lachlan Fletcher was the man of the match after taking two wickets and then seeing the whole innings out as opening batsman.

Fletcher finished with 37 not out, while Lord also impressed with four wickets and a good 30 runs at number three.

“Lachlan (Fletcher) was the key out there and held it together,” Hoy said.

“It was a good win and we performed well as a team.

“Pretty good for a side that didn’t win a first round game.”

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