Record-breaking bowling not enough to overwhelm Colts
CRICKET: Despite a record breaking bowling effort from Wests spinner Vasili Exarhos, Colts have secured the Gympie Regional Cricket Association's A-grade premiership for the 2016-2017 season.
Exarhos claimed 14 wickets in one of the best final performances in recent memory but a 300 run lead by Colts going into the final day of play was always going to be tough to beat.
"They (Wests) fought hard," Colts captain Brett Sorrell said after the match.
Resuming at the crease on the final day of play on Saturday, Sorrell belted a solid 68 runs to back up his hard fought half century in the first innings.
Colts bowler Dean Chandler was impressive, claiming five wickets for the day, as was medium paceman Justin Chandler, who's line and length bowling slowed the Wests run chase.
"We had 213 at the start of the day and we managed to stretch it out to 299," Sorrell said.
"300 is a lot to get in one day and that is what we kept saying to ourselves out there."
While disappointed not to be taking home the silverware, Wests captain Rohan Bartley was proud of his young team and their spirited fightback.
At 2/115 going into the final session, Wests were a mathematical chance of taking the lead away from Colts, but a few quick wickets late in the day saw the green and whites run out of batsmen.
"Colts are a good side," Bartley said.
"They have a wealth of experienced players. We had our chances early to get a couple of cheap wickets.
"I am proud of every one of our players.
"The way we fought back, you wouldn't swap any of them."