BDCA 2017-18 T20: Colts claim back-to-back T20 crowns

For the second straight year Colts have claimed the Bunbury and District Cricket Association T20 premiership title with a strong win over Dalyellup Beach in Sunday’s grand final. 

The Settlers won the toss and sent Colts in to bat, dismissing Joe Barningham (4) early. 

Murray Goodwin joined opener Connor Ipsen at the crease and together the pair starting to score freely. 

The pair rode their luck a little with Ipsen dropped on three occasions. Dalyellup Beach were made to pay for their fielding woes with Goodwin smashing 72 before he departed. 

Ipsen was finally caught on 47 and with 13 late runs from Riley Miguel, Colts posted a highly competitive 3/139. 

Liam Renton was the pick of Dalyellup’s bowlers with 2/13 while Rodney Shemeld captured 1/20. 

A disastrous start to the run chase made it clear to all involved that Colts were set to take the crown. 

Scott Harber hit a single boundary before being trapped in front and his partner Corey Fagan joined him back in the shed moments later, hitting a return catch to Ipsen for a second ball duck. 

Things went from bad to worse when Ipsen removed Paul Jones for a golden duck. Shemeld then holed out for one to see the Settlers floundering at 4/9. 

After Barningham expertly ran out Mitch Boyle for one, Justin Woods (20) and Dillen Watson (18) built a small partnership. 

But with no support from the tailenders, Dalyellup Beach were dismissed for 77 with more than three overs to spare. Barningham (2/13), Josh Topliss (2/9) and Ipsen (2/8) all impressed with the ball with the latter named man-of-the-match. 

Colts made it to the grand final with a semi-final win over Leschenault. The Green Caps won the toss and elected to bat first. 

Tom Buchanan (17), Nick Rep (14) and Riley Italiano (27) all made starts but a batting collapse saw Leschenault bowled out for 81. Cruize Ciallella was the best of Colts bowlers with 4/19 while Topliss and Ethan Kelly both captured two wickets. 

Colts chased the meager target down inside 13 overs for the fall of three wickets with Barningham finishing 44 not out. 

The Settlers had booked their grand final spot with a win over Marist. 

Playing at home, the Dalyellup Beach lads won the toss and elected to bat. 

Fagan freed his arms early on and rocketed towards 50. With the help of five boundaries and four sixes, he finished 84 not out. 

A handy knock of 44 from Jones led the Settlers to 3/151 from 20 overs, a score that was too hard for Marist to chase down.