COLLEGE has remained in second place on the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade One-Day Shield ladder with a come-from-behind victory against Hamilton on Saturday.
The match of the round looked likely to be a fizzer when Hamilton came out firing after losing the toss and they had to bowl first.
It was a slow start by Heath Schmidt and Hamish Bailey for College as they looked to lay the foundation for the innings.
Adrian Ferguson and Shannon Jaeschke took the new ball for the home side and they provided a stern test for the College openers as runs came at a trickle.
The first wicket fell with the score on 18 when Jaeschke had Schmidt giving Robbie Cook a catch when he had scored only two.
Angus Boyd joined Bailey and together they took the score to 64 at the drinks break without further loss, but upon resumption Bailey was caught by Anthony Read from the bowling of Josh Nield for 42 in a dominant display while he was at the wicket.
It was the scalp that the Hamilton bowlers had strived for as Bailey is the best batsman in the side and once he was removed the wickets started to tumble.
Boyd went two runs later for a patient 16 when he became Robbie Cook’s first wicket as Mitch Lang held onto the chance.
From 3-71, the Eagles never recovered as the Hamilton attack found its line and length to put pressure on the Eagles middle order
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 14, 2014