Colts cave in to Wests
A MASTERFUL batting display by new signing Shay Bosworth and a rapid fire onslaught by Brandon Sauer led Wests to their first A-grade cricket win of the season on Saturday.
After consecutive defeats Wests' stormed to a first innings win over Colts on Albert Park No. 1 wicket.
Bosworth top scored with 143 -in the total of 315 while Sauer smashed the Colts bowlers to all points of the field and more than often over the fence in scoring 73 not out in a swashbuckling display.
After dismissing Colts the week before for 238, Wests started the run chase shakily with opener Luke Gear out early without troubling the scorer, at one down for just two runs. Captain Neil McKean joined Bosworth and the pair set about compiling a score.
McKean was the second wicket to fall, leg before to Anthony Smerdon after reaching 53, Wests again looking shaky at 2 for 134 and needing more than a 100 runs. The picture got worse as first Derek Durie went for 3 and then Scott Reedman 1, Wests - 4-16 72.
When Bosworth lost his wicket for 143 (21 4s, 3 6s) and the score on 5 for 219, Wests' tail was exposed but Brandon Sauer was still at the wicket and hitting the ball to all points of the field.
Dan Gillies joined Sauer at the loss of opener Bosworth and provided solid back-up but was very much an onlooker as Sauer tore about the bowling. Gillies was out for 25 (3-4s) before Wests took the first innings points.
Sauer continued to cane the bowlers as wickets fell around him with Wests dismissed for 315.
Sauer reached his 50 off only 13 scoring shots and continued to plunder the bowling. His score of 73 not out, blasted off just 20 scoring shots and included eight 6s and three 4s.
Colts tried eight bowlers to stem the runs flow but most toiled without a lot of success. Scott Hughes finished with the best figures of 4 for 15 off 5.2 overs as he cleaned up the tail but the damage was already done.
Ryan Gotke was the best of Colts bowlers. Luck wasn't on his side as a number of catches went to ground or fell just near fielders.
McKean said the match was closer than the scores indicated at the finish.
"It was close when we still needed about 40 runs and they needed five wickets, until Brandon Sauer teed off," he said.
"When we still needed 30 I thought we should make it but we've caved in before.
"Ryan Gotke was the best of their bowlers but he had no luck. A couple of catches were dropped. If it had gone the other way he could have had five wickets."