A VITAL last-wicket partnership from Lachy Mulder and Scott McKenzie revived an Irrewarra batting collapse and maintained the Redbacks’ unbeaten run in Colac district cricket this season.
Experienced Redback McKenzie joined Colts cricketer Mulder at the crease when their side was in strife at 9-96.
But Mulder, 38 not out, and an unbeaten 49 from McKenzie, guided Irrewarra to 9-164 batting first against Colac.
The struggling Stallions, who have yet to win a game this season, were on top early after restricting the Redbacks to 5-19 after a damaging opening spell from Colac skipper Aidan Spence and Cam McCrae, who combined for the first five wickets.
“We had a pretty ordinary start with the bat,” Irrewarra captain Leighton Hart said.
“Scott’s played a lot of cricket at Irrewarra over the years, he’s played a bit of Div Two recently but filled in for us and got a really good 49.
“He and Lachy batted really well together and basically got us to a score that we could defend.”
Colac’s batsmen struggled to contend with a consistent five-pronged Irrewarra bowling attack, which all featured in the wicket column on Saturday.
Eamon Spence, 30 runs, and Nathan Humphrey, 34, were Colac’s only two batsmen to reach double figures as the Stallions were restricted to 115.
Hart said he couldn’t be happier with his bowling division’s start to the 2015-16 season.
“Our bowling was exceptional again,” he said.
“Kaden Beckett was great opening, Jeff Cole and Jeff Percy bowled well in the middle and Bryce McDonald and Scott McKenzie all did a great job.”