COLTS got the better of Rugby League while Uralla’s return to Walcha cricket ended in defeat in the second round of the Turton Cup on Saturday.
The twenty20 games were moved to the synthetic pitches at the John Oxley Sportsgrounds but the flat track didn’t seem to help League too much.
Scoring was slow and wickets fell too frequently for League as the Colts bowlers kept the score to 8-84.
Mick Boyd stuck around at the top of the order for 27 and Peter Mooney added 13 at number three but the bowlers took the honours overall.
Nat Brazel led the way with 3-17 while Paul Pittman, Ed Cordingley and Stu Halliday picked up a scalp each.
The total was never going to be enough unless League picked up Ed Blomfield’s wicket cheaply and that didn’t happen.
The Colts captain made 43 and, with Pittman adding 23, that pair polished off most of the runs in a five-wicket win.
Chris Watts was the pick of the League bowlers with 3-25 while Luke Brennan and Thomas Boyd took one wicket apiece.
Uralla’s return was promising but ended in a loss to Round Swamp after Swamp scored 107.
The father-son opening pair of Barry and Tom Hoy gave Swamp a reasonable start before they went for 17 and 14 respectively.
Nathan Goodwin top-scored with a quick 27 that included two sixes and two fours and Lachlan Fletcher also chipped in with 15.
Jay Grills was the leading bowler for Uralla with 3-17 while Cameron Press claimed 2-4 and Cameron Kelly 2-30.
Tom Hoy then ensured the run chase was doomed to fail when he took his first five-wicket haul in senior cricket.
He picked up 5-17 in a good innings for the younger members of the Swamp side.
The even younger Jason Naylor bagged 3-11 and another teen, Lee Harrison, nabbed 1-2 from three overs as Uralla fell for 57.
Nick Martin and Jordan Hobchi were equal top-scorers with 12 each.
Uralla will hope for a better result in next week’s clash with Kentucky at Cook Oval, while the only side with two wins from two, Colts, tackles the only side to have lost two games, League, at John Oxley.
Swamp has the bye.