Redbacks closing in on a crucial victory against City Colts

BATHURST City’s bid to roll through the Bathurst District Cricket Association two-day portion of the season with an undefeated record is looking promising after a strong day’s play against City Colts.

HERE IT COMES: Mick Tobin sends down a delivery for Bathurst City in their match against City Colts at the Sportsground on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

HERE IT COMES: Mick Tobin sends down a delivery for Bathurst City in their match against City Colts at the Sportsground on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Redbacks are in control against Colts at the Sportsground, needing 84 runs for victory with seven wickets still in hand.

A five wicket haul from Greg Adams led the way for Bathurst City as they held the Colts to just 142 runs.

Redbacks danger men Adams, John Rudge and Joey Coughlan were removed late in the day by the Colts attack but Bathurst City captain Matt Willis considers his team to still be the one in control.

“I was over the moon with bowling Colts out for 140, especially because it was so flat and hot out there,” he said.

“We were only out in the field for 45 overs and we’ve also managed to protect some of our batsmen. We’ll have Trent Hemsworth and Mark Day coming back for us at eight and nine in the order next week.”

Consistent bowling from Redbacks kept the significant partnerships from their opponents to a minimum – just as they did against Centennials Bulls in their previous match at the same venue.

“Clint Moxon did a really good job for us. He opened the bowling along with Ben Orme and took three wickets. He’s been bowling really well without picking up the wickets he’s probably deserved so that was really good to see,” Willis said.

“Greg Adams did the damage for us. Since Trent Hemsworth wasn’t there we needed another seamer who could step up and hold down one end. 

“He picked up big wickets for us like Dan Casey, Matt Stephen, Tony Clancy and Pat Hill. He finished with 5-14 off 10 overs.”

I was over the moon with bowling Colts out for 140, especially because it was so flat and hot out there.

Matt Willis

Moxon finished with figures of 3-22 and Orme came away with 2-69.

Colts’ Dave Rogerson continued his form with the bat with the top score of 30 while Pat Hill picked up 29.

If Redbacks chase down the total then their bid for another minor premiership will be looking strong going into the final round.

“I’m really confident with the position that we’re in. If we get this win then that’s eight points we put between us and City Colts, which is huge,” Willis said.

“Then with the way the other games are going at the moment Bulls and ORC could do us some big favours.

“It looks like everything’s coming up Milhouse as it stands.”

Joey Coughlan scored 27 for Redbacks while Colts’ Dave Henderson currently leads the way with 2-29.