CORONET CITY has broken through to claim its first scoreboard victory of the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts season.
The City boys, who got the points against East Ballarat in round one because two ineligible opponents had taken the field, chased down Brown Hill’s 8-193 at Western Oval on Saturday.
Captain Phil Calvert, who played his part in the win with a hard-hit 25 in the middle order, said it was an important result for the club after several close defeats this season. The win was Coronet City’s first since round nine in 2011-12.
“Our last three or four batting innings have been pretty good and obviously we were pretty excited last night,” Calvert said.
It was a gutsy effort from the league cellar-dwellers, which backed up their promising display with the bat against Wendouree before the break to greet 2013 in winning style. Set 194 for victory by Brown Hill – thanks to an unbeaten 73 from Nick Hyden – Coronet City was forced on the back foot early and then used wickets in hand late in the innings. In the end, City had an over and five wickets in hand when Kinna brought up the winning runs off Brown Hill skipper Jason Knowles. Matt McMahon continued his outstanding form with the ball for the Bulls, snaring 3-22, while Nathan Cuthbertson was the most damaging of the City bowlers with 4-40.
Coronet City now prepares for a home clash with Darley this weekend, while Brown Hill hosts Ballarat-Redan.
LADDER: Wendouree 42 points, Naps-Sebas 34, Mt Clear 31, Darley 28, Ballarat-Redan 27, North Ballarat 24, Golden Point 21, East Ballarat 18, Brown Hill 15, Coronet City 12.