Tom Bowditch came in first drop and buckled down in the hopes of saving the innings. He lost Tom Fattore for a duck and Lachlan Foster went for five but Bowditch stayed strong.
Coly have been eliminated from the Griffith District Cricket Association third grade competition.
They went down in a hard fought match to Leagues at Exies No.1 last Friday evening.
It was do-or-die for both teams.
Leagues won the toss and elected to bat first.
Coly struck early when Josh Fattore claimed the wicket of Riley Townsend for six. It was hard going after that.
Reece Matheson (21) and Jake Villata (5) went at a slow pace but got away with it because of some wayward bowling.
The pair put on 53 together but only 26 of those runs came off the bat.
The other 27 came in the form of extras.
The wicket of Matheson brought Coly back into the game.
Once they fell to 2-59, Leagues never really cemented a solid partnership.
This was thanks in large part to Jack Cullen and Ryan Mannes.
The pair bowled tight lines and only allowed 15 runs off their 10 overs combined.
The tight bowling also paid off in the form of wickets.
Cullen picked up two and Mannes nabbed one of his own.
Despite the constant flow of wickets, wides continued to plague the team.
In total they allowed 52 extras, 40 of those being wides.
Leagues were bowled out for 115 runs in the thirty-fifth over.
Cullen finished with the best figures for a Coly bowler with 2-11 off his seven overs.
Coly needed to get off to a good start if they were to stave off elimination.
This didn’t happen.
Openers Mannes (7) and Cooper Smith (4) went early and left Coly 2-16.
Tom Bowditch came in first drop and buckled down in the hopes of saving the innings.
He lost Tom Fattore for a duck and Lachlan Foster went for five but Bowditch stayed strong.
He plugged along and got the score past 50 with wickets still in hand.
With the score on 65 Leagues struck.
Bowditch was sent packing for 20 and Coly once more found themselves in trouble.
Josh Fattore (18) and Jack Cullen (14 not out) provided some late order hitting but it wasn’t enough.
Coly got their score to 96 but that was as far as they got.
Tom Wilson was the best of the Leagues bowlers and finished with figures of 4-21 off his seven overs.
Leagues will now go on to play a Hanwood side that lost by ten wickets to Coro Cougars in the first versus second semi-final.
Coly finished the regular season in third place with three wins, three draws and six losses to their name.
They reached the same point in last year’s competition when they also lost to Leagues.