Round Swamp claim a 45 run-win over Colts

PREMIERSHIP: Round Swamp team. Back row: Lachie Laurie, Tom Hoy, Tom Boyd, Luke Wellings, Lee Harrison, Ben France, Lachie Fletcher. Front row: Barry Hoy, Jamie Wall, Steve Eveleigh, Liam Brennan, Ben Cross, Ossie Kuhr.
PREMIERSHIP: Round Swamp team. Back row: Lachie Laurie, Tom Hoy, Tom Boyd, Luke Wellings, Lee Harrison, Ben France, Lachie Fletcher. Front row: Barry Hoy, Jamie Wall, Steve Eveleigh, Liam Brennan, Ben Cross, Ossie Kuhr.

Dual player-of-the-match performances by Barry Hoy and Ben France assisted Round Swamp to a 19th Walcha News Cup victory when they defeated Colts by 45 runs at the Park last Saturday. 

Batting first, the minor premiers amassed 9-158 thanks to a patient 71 by Hoy, a well-constructed 34 to France and a quickfire 27 from Luke Wellings, who despatched one Jacob Sherrin-delivery over the fence.

Swamp were cruising at 4-130 before Colts opener Will Fletcher returned from a spell to snare three wickets without conceding a run, triggering a batting team collapse of 5-19. 

Fletcher took 4-28 off his 10 overs while Sherrin, Thor, Crombie and Ed Blomfield all collected a wicket apiece.

In reply Colts were on target at 2-78 after 20 overs with opener Blomfield steering the ship but when he had his furniture rearranged by France a couple of overs later after he made 40, the tide started to turn. 

A 4-7 spell by France saw Colts suffer an identical collapse to Swamp of 5-19. 

France sent down 10 overs to finish with 4-28, the same as Fletcher. 

Veteran Paul Pittman tried to keep his team afloat but when he was bowled by Wellings for 23 Colts were 8-112 and the curtains were all but closed.

All five Swamp bowlers used met success. Opener Lee Harrison recovered from a wayward first over to take 2-34 while Wellings, Liam Brennan and Tom Hoy all claimed a victim each. 

Round Swamp also won the Yalgoo Shield (minor premiers) and Turton Cup (Twenty20), the six time they have taken out the hat-trick of major trophies in one season.