DEVASTATING spells from its opening bowlers have catapulted Warrnambool Gold into the final of Horsham Under 15 Country Week.
Right-arm paceman Daniel Hawkins destroyed Colac Black’s batting order on Thursday, claiming 4-7 from 6.3 overs. He received strong support from fellow opening bowler Flynn Wilkinson, with 2-3 from his seven overs.
Colac Black was bowled out for 46 with Warrnambool Gold running down this score in the 12th over. Fletcher Cozens again led the way, making 34 not out in a score of 0-50.
Warrnambool Gold will play Mount Gambier in the final at City Oval in Horsham today.
Warrnambool Gold coach Matthew Wilkinson said the win was a reward for sticking to plans.
“Both the opening bowlers were able to set the scene and put the screws on the Colac batting early on,” Wilkinson said.
“We bowled straight and set off-side fields that challenged the batsmen to take risks if they wanted to score.
“The pressure was on through the whole innings.
“The day before we had let Mount Gambier get to 0-70 because we had gone away from our plans a bit.
“Once we got back on track we were able to pull them back so that was a good lesson for the boys. They learnt very quickly, they are a very coachable group.
“The batting has been great all week, with Fletcher leading from the front, so it was good to see the bowlers stand up and be the difference today.”
Mount Gambier made the final after a semi-final win over Warrnambool Blue.
Batting first, Warrnambool Blue made 7-176 with Ethan Boyd (55) and Curran O’Donnell (28) the key contributors. Mount Gambier ran down the target in the 44th over.