INCOMING: Kooringal Colts paceman Will Morley fires down a delivery as his team tore through St Michaels on Saturday. Picture: Laura HardwickWagga cricket premiers Kooringal Colts’ title defence has finally picked up some momentum.
The Colts scored their first win of the season and condemned St Michaels to their first loss at Wagga Cricket Ground on Saturday.
After a lower order resurgence, led by Jeremy Bunn, on the first day of the match Colts were able to set the ladder leaders 235.
It was a target the Saints never looked liked reeling in.
Jordan Lawrence got St Michaels off to a fast start before departing for 34 and coach Ryan Forsyth looked dangerous before being dismissed for 60.
However once Forsyth was dismissed the rest of the St Michaels batting order crumbled, allowing Colts to secure a comfortable win.
Colts captain Keenan Hanigan was relieved to finally get a win on the board, six rounds into the season.
“We needed that win,” Hanigan said.
“Obviously the monkey is off our back now, we were due for it so I’m very happy and very pleased with the way we played that game.”
Off-spinner Andrew Dutton did most of the damage, picking up five wickets and finishing with figures of 5-25 off 12 overs including four maidens.
His skipper thought it was his best performance since returning from England two seasons ago.
“Dutto bowled really good,” Hanigan said.
“It was probably the best I’ve seen him bowl since he got back from England.
“He was real consistent yesterday and I was really pleased with the way he bowled.”
Hanigan’s dismissal of Forsyth was the catalyst for the 86-run win.
When Forsyth was removed, Saints were 4-121 and they lost their next five wickets for 10 runs before being bowled out for 148.
Hanigan thought Forsyth’s dismissal was the key.
“Forsyth got off to a good start and was smashing a few we were looking to get him as soon as possible,” he said.
“We ended up getting him and once he got out the wickets started to tumble.
“To our credit we were pretty patient, just waiting for that wicket to come, and once we got it they just started to tumble.”
The Colts have another big test to finish the season, taking on South Wagga in the two-day clash before the Christmas break.
The Blues have only lost the one match this season, in controversial circumstances, and are coming off a big batting performance against Wagga RSL.
“They are in form, got a lot of runs yesterday and in my eyes they are probably the team to beat this year,” Hanigan said.
“They are always consistent but we are up for the challenge and it would be nice to get another win on the board before Christmas but we know we have a big job ahead of us.”
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