HAMILTON Gold split its first two matches on day one of the Portland Under 13 Country Week, defeating Grassmere in the morning before being unable to stop one of the tournament favourites in Warrnambool Gold in the afternoon.
Hamilton Gold sits in fifth spot on the table after the first day’s play, keeping its hope of a semi-final berth very much alive, although with 10 teams all sitting at 1-1, will need to most likely win both games against Mt Gambier (3) and Wimmera Mallee to win a spot.
In the morning 25 over match against Grassmere, Hamilton Gold lost the toss and was asked to bat first at Alexandra Park and with players restricted to 30-ball maximum innings, the batsmen face the challenge of making runs quickly while protecting their wicket.
Xave Stevens and Dylan Starkie made seven runs each to get Hamilton Gold on the board, but losing co-captain Ben Annett for three was a blow which had the team in a bit of bother at 3-26.
Kyle Smitten and Daniel Battista released some of the tension, though, with Smitten surviving all 30 balls to make a handy 15, while Battista made 11 from 24 deliveries when he was caught.
Sam Lambevski was run out cheaply, but Alex Boyd-Walsh managed to last through his allotted balls to add an important 11, leaving Harry Armstrong with 12 and Will Smead on eight to see out the overs … Hamilton Gold finishing with 5-107.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, January 18, 2014