City Colts to play Beechworth in WDCA grand final

NO PAIN NOW: City Colts' Kent Braden might have been in the firing line here, but he inflicted some damage himself against Rovers United Bruck by taking 3-21.

NO PAIN NOW: City Colts' Kent Braden might have been in the firing line here, but he inflicted some damage himself against Rovers United Bruck by taking 3-21.

City Colts will look to break one of the association’s longest premiership droughts.

The undefeated minor premier toppled Rovers United Bruck by five wickets.

“We’ve had two really, really good young openers this year that have come through the juniors,” Colts’ vice-captain Nick Norris said.

“Dylan Adams bowled 16 overs straight, he was just phenomenal, while Fraser Ellis was great, just from both ends, the pressure was amazing.”

Ellis can bowl only six-over spells due to his workload.

Adams claimed 3-29, while captain Kent Braden (3-21) and Jacob Beattie (3-31) helped restrict the visitors to 119.

Colts cruised to victory, with in-form youngster Will Creed posting 40, while Oliver Willett made 32.

Colts will be chasing only their second title and the club’s first since 1986-87.

“We had a reunion recently and we all got a huge amount out of it,” Norris said.

“It was a huge motivation, meeting those guys and they’re all still close mates.”

Colts will play Beechworth in the decider.

Beechworth skittled Yarrawonga Mulwala for 111, with Hamish Malsem grabbing four wickets.

Beechworth was cruising at 3-87, but then lost 5-16.

But 19-year-old Malsem and veteran Brendan Thompson, in his first game for the season, saw the team to a two-wicket win.

“We had a player in Sydney for a funeral yesterday (Saturday) so we went with a bit more experience,” winning captain Brenton Surrey said.

“We needed someone around that seven or eight to keep a cool head.”

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