IT IS rare the man of the match in any sporting contest comes from the losing team but that’s what happened at Walcha on Saturday when Brad Partridge was adjudged the MOM in the Kentucky/Colts clash at John Oxley Oval.
Partridge’s Kentucky side had scored 113 in its Twenty20 innings but unbeaten Colts scored the winning runs in the final over.
Partridge opened the batting and bowling for Kentucky, topscoring with 34 and adding 40 for the second wicket with Dave Woodley (25).
He then took 1-2 off his four overs, conceding just two singles in Colts’ run chase.
Unfortunately for him, Colts edged their way to victory after CameronLittle (2-25) and Stuie Halliday (2-20) had also snared wickets.
Sam Martin opened the bowling and, with Paul Pittman, grabbed a wicket each while Bob Jex and Hayden Sweeney also scored 11 apiece for Kentucky.
Partridge started Colts’ run chase in stunning fashion, bowling Eddie Blomfield for a first-ball duck.
It was one of two golden ducks and a platinum duck as well in the Colts innings.
Stu Halliday also went for a first ball duck while Dan Hunt was run out without facing a ball for his platinum.
However opener Josh Wellings (36no) carried his bat, hitting four boundaries to steer Colts home.
He and Paul Pittman (47) put on 76 for the second wicket, Pittman blasting six fours in his near half ton.
Sam Martin also had some success with the bat for Colts, making 14 while Tim Baumer (3-27) also bowled well for Kentucky.
At The Park, Rugby League only made 9-64 in its 20 overs but still had enough runs to beat Uralla.
Chris Watts was the only RL bat to make double figures.
He hit three successive boundaries in a Cameron Kelly over on his way to 23.
Next best was Ryan Relf (7).
Ben Hamilton (2-2), Jake Kelly (2-3), Jay Grills (2-5) and Dan Kelly (2-14) all claimed wickets.
Uralla’s run chase started badly, 1-3, 2-9, 3-9 and then 4-9 in the fifth over thanks to Luke Brennan’s 3-9 opening barrage.
Thomas Boys came on second change to snare 3-13 as well while Chris Watts, Peter Mooney, Andrew Brennan and Aaron Olsen also grabbed wickets as Uralla fell for 43.
Cameron Kelly and Joe O’Neill were the only Uralla batsmen to make double figures, both finishing with 11.
The final round of Walcha T20 is this Saturday, with Round Swamp and Kentucky clashing at The Park and unbeaten Colts tackling Uralla at John Oxley.