Alpine win premiership

THE Alpine Colts have won the McDonald's A Grade two day cricket competition with a convincing win over Coffeys on the weekend.

Coffeys were aiming for the trifecta, having previously won the Twenty20 and one day finals, but Alpine proved far too strong.

Coffeys won the toss and James Nichols and Ryan Morgan gave them a solid start with an opening partnership of 22. With Nichols in fine touch, Coffeys had reached 1/49 with an imposing total looking promising. Enter Jacob Moon, who in a brilliant spell of bowling caused Coffeys to collapse from 1/49 to 6/51, losing 5/1 to effectively end Coffeys premiership aspirations.

Coffeys rallied to reach 120, which was probably never going to be enough on what was a good batting wicket. Locky Schofield, with a well compiled 30 top scored, while Nichols scored 28.

Moon returned the great figures of 5/28 with the rest of the wickets being spread amongst the Alpine bowlers, in what was a good team effort.

Chasing a not overly daunting task, Alpine went to stumps on Saturday with a total of 3/71 with James Ewart and Jack Johnson batting sensibly and looking in control.

The two overnight batsmen continued to make progress until Locky Schofield struck to take two wickets in consecutive balls, to give Coffeys a faint hope.

However, Ewart and skipper Nathan Boate saw the Alpine safely pass the total, which finished at 200.

Ewart was the standout performer with the bat reaching a well put together 73. He was well supported by Boate, Matt Devereux, Locky Fraser and a hard hitting 35 from Jacob Moon.

Schofield was the pick of the Coffeys bowlers snaring four wickets with James Moxon and Steve Summerville chipping in.

The Alpine Colts were deserving premiers of the Monaro Cricket competition and will receive the premiership trophy at the presentation night.

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