Teenage cricket prodigy Josh Garner posted his first half-century at senior level during the Colac district’s first representative clash of the summer.
The 15-year-old starred with the bat in the Colac District Cricket Association’s narrow loss to the Bellarine Peninsula league yesterday, making 69 runs.
Garner teamed up with his captain at City United Dylan Slater, who made 60 runs, as the CDCA posted 235 batting first in the clash at Winchelsea.
Bellarine reached the target in the 50th over with three balls to spare, with Irrewarra pair Bryce McDonald and Englishman Chris Cheetham-Roberts taking two wickets each.
All-rounder Garner has already captained Victoria three times at junior level, and also took the new ball yesterday when the CDCA hit the field.
Selector Rob Oborne said Garner and Slater ensured the Colac district put healthy score on the board in the first of the league’s interleague matches this summer.
City’s Sam Cardinal and Alvie jet Jarrod Groves opened the batting, with the pair both surpassing 20, while Canadian Arslan Khan also made 23.
“We won the toss and batted, and got bowled out in the 50th over,” Oborne said.
“Slater and Garner played really well, we were 1-46 in the 15th over and they got into it.
“We lost the last five wickets pretty cheaply at the end just trying to get some cheap runs.”
Jack Melican was a late withdrawal for yesterday’s match, while young Apollo Bay skipper Billey Bernet earned a call-up after posting back-to-back scores of 80 over the past two weekends.
Bernet made 12 runs batting at five.
See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for a full wrap of yesterday’s match.