Mullins' fours set up River win

Port Lincoln cricket

COLTS

Southern Eyre South 3/65 lost to Tod River 5/72

IN their first hit out for the year, SES met Tod River at Wangary, which is in magnificent condition for the start of the cricket season.

Both teams had a mix of older, more experienced players and several players who were playing their first game, which is exciting for both clubs.

SES won the toss and elected to bat, with Wilkins and K. Oestmann getting the home team off to a steady start despite some excellent bowling from Aldridge and Wiseman.

With both openers retiring, Will Symonds and C. Oestmann continued the steady start before some good fielding saw Symonds run out.

This wicket saw Tod River's bowlers apply good pressure with tight bowling from J. Mullins and the spin of Henderson.

Brothers Blight both entered the bowling attack for their first bowl in colts cricket and both soon took their first wickets, which saw Tod River's confidence lift.

Burgoyne and Miller battled hard with the bat in their first game, showing great determination to stay at the crease.

SES still had plenty of experience in the shed with the powerful Tom Morgan and Giddings coming in late.

Some outstanding fielding from Cooper Mullins saw Morgan run out late in the innings after beginning to display his dominance.

SES ended the innings on 65.

Like SES, Tod River's innings began with a steady opening stand from J. Mullins and Henderson.

Wilkins and Morgan bowled great line and length and Tod River's openers battled hard, playing sensibly before starting to play good cricket shots, which had Tod River in a strong position before both retired.

Mullins struck three fours in his last over, which really set the innings up for the River.

Wiseman came and went quickly before K. Mullins and Aldridge put on a a solid partnership to steady the ship.

Similar to the SES innings, Tod River then lost some quick wickets to good bowling from Giddings, but Hope stuck around with Cooper Mullins and L. Blight to steer Tod River home at the end of the 14th over.