Walcha cricket: Opening victories for Colts and Uralla

Colts and Uralla started their Walcha cricket 2018-19 season campaign on the right foot when they recorded wins over Kentucky and Round Swamp last Saturday at the John Oxley Sportsground.

Colts racked up a score of 5/205 off their 20 overs against an under-strength Kentucky with opener Ed Blomfield contributing 79 runs which included five sixes and seven fours.

Number three batsman Mitch Scrivener knocked up 59 before he was run out and put on an 86-run second wicket partnership with Blomfield.

Opener Thor Crombie made 22 runs, Dan Hunt 14 and schoolboy Ben Hall 10 not out.

In reply, Kentucky were dismissed for 127, from which opener Brad Partridge made 37, veteran Steph Sweeney 29 not out, Daniel Boyd 23 and Stephen Haslem 13, which included three boundaries.

For Colts, Mitch Scrivener completed a good all-round game, taking 2/24 off his four overs. Teenager Tommy Le Strande snared 2/4.

Swamp batted first in the other match, amassing 2/136 off their 20 overs, thanks mainly to opener Steve Eveleigh with 49 runs and Clint Lyon with 46. Both batsmen remained unbeaten.

Man of the match Cameron Wood belted six sixes and seven fours on his way to an unconquered 87, while Chris Herd hit 22 runs and remained not out.

Uralla finished at 3/140.

This Saturday, Colts travel to Uralla, while Swamp do battle with Kentucky at the Park.