Collapse may cost Colts

A 159-RUN partnership between Blake Reynolds and Matt Bedford has put South Tweed Colts in a strong position against Southern Districts after one day’s play at Dave Burns Field.

Reynolds (100) compiled his first LJ Hooker League century while captain Bedford (73) held up the other end with aplomb to guide the side to a 205-run total.

A catastrophic collapse cost Colts a truly commanding lead, as the side’s remaining nine batsmen added just 12 runs.

Five of those batsmen lost their wicket without scoring.

Vice-president Tony McDonald said Colts had a lot of work left to do to beat Southern Districts.

“It was a disastrous collapse on a good track and we’re very disappointed with our finish,” McDonald said.

“But we fought back to have them 3-38 at the close of play.

“With seven wickets left to go, we have a bit of work to do and will have to bowl well to keep them under our 205-run total.”

“We have got to be on our game next week.”

Butch McDonald (3-27) took all three Colts wickets but he won’t be playing next week.

“Butchy has bowled well all season, he is a crusty old competitor,” McDonald said.

“But I think he is the only one in the competition who knows what to do with a cricket ball.”

McDonald said Reynolds was over the moon to score his maiden century. The 18-year-old was on 99 for three anxious overs but finally got a single to bring up the century. He was out without scoring another run, caught at fine leg playing a hook shot.

“It certainly won’t be the last 100 he scores in senior cricket,” McDonald said.

Southern Districts have some in-form batsmen to come, including Brad Robertson, who has scored 285 runs at an average of 47.5 this season.

In other LJ Hooker League matches, Casino is set for an outright win, with Lismore Workers at 8-44 after Casino posted a 220-run total.

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