ACTING Colts captain Norm Silley wields the willow to make 25 while Murwillumbah wicketkeeper Todd Savins looks on
ACTING Colts captain Norm Silley wields the willow to make 25 while Murwillumbah wicketkeeper Todd Savins looks on

M?bah hoists Dawes trophy

By TANIA PHILLIPS

ANDREW Barnes captured 5-81 to help Murwillumbah to their first Gabba Sporting Goods Cup victory of the season.

The victory, over South Tweed Colts, carried extra significance earning the side the inaugural Peter Dawes Junior trophy.

Named for Colts and Murwillumbah former player Peter Dawes Junior, who was killed in a car accident just before the start of this year's season, will now be played annually between the two clubs to commemorate the 21-year-old's life.

Dawes' brother Norm Silley, filling in for the injured Joel Walle as South Tweed Colts captain, had hoped to capture the trophy but it wasn't to be.

Chasing Murwillumbah's first innings score of 195, Colts resumed at 1-30 and were looking good at 2-100 with former Murwillumbah player Nigel Chapman (41) and Silley (25) in the groove.

However both fell to good balls to medium paceman An- drew Barnes and Colts were soon all out for 176 - 19 runs short of victory.

But Colts, who had been unbeaten for their first three games and have now lost two in a row, did capture some valuable bonus points. They had Murwillumbah 5-40 off 29 overs with Nigel Chapman capturing 3-13.

"It was a bit emotional," Murwillumbah captain Kevan Newell said after receiving the trophy from former team-mate and long time South Arm Burringbar stalwart Peter Dawes Senior.

"It was one we wanted to win as much as they did.

"It was our first win of the season and hopefully we can put a few more together."

But the victory came at a price.

"Siemon McFie broke down during his bowling spell and has done a knee - he will probably miss our next game."

The side also lost batsman Dean Guy, probably for the rest of the season, after he suffered a broken elbow on day one. Guy had surgery last Sat- urday night to insert pins in the arm, was released from hospital Sunday night and was on the side-line watching this week.

Silley said the side is hoping to bounce back next week in the first of the one day games, in which they will take on Logan Village.

"The game was played in a good spirit," he said.

"They wanted to come up and win.

"But really its a game we should have won."

He said he was disappointed with the result and with the way they batted.

Terranora also suffered their second loss of the season after a promising start.

Chasing 9-251 they were all out for a disappointing 124 with captain Mick Gray making a fighting 60 while former captain Chad Ruddy chimed in with 16.

Forced to follow-on they were 2-43 in the second innings to concede first innings points.

Sean Wilson made 3-24.

"Our batsmen just didn't apply themselves," Gray said.



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