Warwick Hotel Colts opening batsman Geoff Thorley after a half century at Slade Park.
Warwick Hotel Colts opening batsman Geoff Thorley after a half century at Slade Park. Gerard Walsh

Top start to season for the Colts and opener

GEOFF Thorley hopes the unbeaten start to the season is a good omen for a Warwick Hotel Colts team chasing its first premiership since 2011-2012.

The Colts opener continued his consistent form with the bat hitting an unbeaten 50 as Colts beat Wheatvale by nine wickets at Slade Park yesterday.

Two seasons ago, Thorley only played periodically as he put time into the game as an administrator but he is now playing each week.

He first played for Colts while at Assumption College a decade ago after being approached by then captain Graham Bourke.

Thorley has followed his 42 in the Davis Shield with club scores of 39 and 50 not out.

He prefers to open the batting and lists the cover drive as a cricketer's dream shot.

Thorley said an unbeaten start to the season was good news for Colts.

"We have had to win our last few games to make the finals in the past few years," he said.

"The team has been boosted this season by the inclusion of Kev Poole and three young players Fraser McVeigh, Sam Byron and Michael Coleman who have all done well."

Colts captain Shaun O'Leary took 4-22 and Cameron Petersen 3-19 as Wheatvale made 101 yesterday, Chris Cantwell top scoring with 34.

Thorley, 50, and Maugan Benn, 43, set Colts on the path to victory.

Dave Walker was economical and penetrating with his medium pace taking 5-8 off seven overs to secure an eight-wicket victory for Maryvale Condamine in Warwick A-grade cricket on Saturday.

Batting first, Sovereign Animals made 39 after going into the game three players short.

Tony Munro shone with the bat with 29 before being caught by Cameron Ryan off the bowling of Sam Gordon.

Ryan then hit 16 as Maryvale made 2-42 for an easy win.

Munro was best with the ball for the Animals taking 2-12 off seven overs.

Rick Rielly hit 81 as Inglewood beat Railway Hotel Rascals by 154 runs at Allora on Saturday.

Batting first, Inglewood scored 7-204. Rielly received best support from Jamien Smith with 39 and Ryan Donovan who was unbeaten on 22.Captain Brad Johnson was best with the ball for Rascals taking 2-25 off four overs.

Rascals were dismissed for 50, Simon Moore making nine. Matt Shaw was the best of the bowlers with 2-3 off six overs.

Troy Callaghan took 2-5 off four overs, Tyler Wolff 2-10 off two overs and Ryan Donovan 2-21 off five overs.

See more in the Weekly and scoreboards on each game in the Daily News each Wednesday.



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