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BOURKE DISTRICT CRICKET — Cricket underway with wins to Fordsy and Two Waterholes

Fords Bridge cricket team defeated the new Colts line up in the first game of the 2021-22 cricket season. William Ridge, Dave Turnbull, Guy McDonald, Ben McGrath and Kenrick Cross with Ed Rushton, Matt Sheridan, Brett Shields, Phillip Cross, Bradley Cross, Lincoln Old and Bryce Robinson kneeling. PHOTO TWH

At Davidson Oval, the newly reconstituted Colts won the toss and elected to bat.

Leighlan Brown was out early, followed quickly by the butcher boys Ernie and Tyran (apparently, they had to go make sausages).

This great start by Fords Bridge put the pressure on the Colts batters.

Adam McLean and George Dickson then put on a 62-run partnership, but some great bowling by Brad Cross got Adam stuck in the crease lbw. Brett Shields got rid of his first victim, George Dickson for 24, but Colts were back in a good position after the earlier collapse.

Jarryd Samuelson came to the crease but ran out of batters as Shieldsy took another four wickets with Jarryd finishing unbeaten on 18.

The game was not without controversy as Brad Cross thought he took the best catch ever on the boundary, but it turns out he may have been upstaged by Bryce ‘Fats’ Robinson’s elegant catch to dispose of Michael Brown as the last wicket. Colts were bowled out for 130.

Adam Mclean top scored with 33 and Brett Shields took 5/33 for Fords Bridge.

Fords Bridge lost their gun bowler Brett Shields early, but Lincoln Old and Guy McDonald put a handy 40 runs on the board, going into the first drinks break at 2/43 with some good opening bowling off Jamahl Smith and the sausage king, Ernie Delaney.

Guy McDonald fell next, and the ever-reliable Phil Cross and Matt Sheridan took control of the game, until Phil was caught by Tyrone Sutton off Leighlan Brown. Self-appointed captain Brad Cross came to the crease and with the big hitting Matt Sheridan at the other end, they chased down the Colts target of 130 with 5 wickets in hand and 8 overs to spare.

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