Stellar bowling sets up Country Week win

Teenage Colac paceman Aidan Spence took 3-13 against Gisborne.

A STELLAR bowling display has earned Colac District a day-one victory at Melbourne Country Week.

The attack, which is missing some of the top district bowlers, dismissed talk it did not have enough depth by steamrolling Gisborne in its Division Three representative clash.

Colac posted 163 after captain Leighton Hart won the toss and batted, before routing Gisborne for 102 at Sunshine’s Dempster Park on Monday.

Colac’s day-two clash was in the balance yesterday, with Seymour 4-54 off 14 overs chasing Colac’s 7-231 at Oakleigh’s Warrawee Park when the Colac Herald went to print.

Hart, speaking before play yesterday, couldn’t fault his five bowlers, including teenagers Aidan Spence and James Rowan, who opened the bowling on debut.

Spence was the pick with 3-13 off his 10 overs, while Jeff Percy, 2-16, and Stewart Sutherland, 2-21, each took two wickets.

“The bowling was excellent. They all bowled well,” Hart said.

“James and Aidan bowled really well for their first outings at Country Week. They came back and bowled really good second spells too,” he said.

The bowling heroics came after an even batting display on a good pitch but slow outfield.

Hart said 180 would have been a good score given the conditions, but he was happy to settle for 163, a total he said would be “easily 200” on a quicker ground.

Sam Cardinal top-scored with 40, while Dave Jackson, 30, Stewart Sutherland, 23 and Dale Boyd, 20, all got starts.

“It was a slow outfield and big boundary but the track looked good, 180 would’ve been a good score,” he said.

“We got 163 so that was good in the end – 160 was easily 200 runs, there were probably four or five boundaries hit for the day.

“Threes were boundaries if you know what I mean, it was really, really slow.”

The day-one win put Colac in third spot in Division Three, after rivals Wangaratta and Yarra Valley earned more bonus points from their wins.

Wangaratta posted 7-288 in a 122-run win against Seymour to move to the top after day one.

Yarra Valley made 149 in reply to Mornington Peninsula’s 143, and reduced its rival to 4-14 from three overs in a dramatic end which could come in handy later in the week.

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