Leeton Soldiers Club defeat Phantoms in LDCA A grade

WICKET TAKER: Colts' Billy Conroy picked up a wicket in his side's five-wicket win over The Phantoms on Saturday. PHOTO: Jessica Coates
WICKET TAKER: Colts' Billy Conroy picked up a wicket in his side's five-wicket win over The Phantoms on Saturday. PHOTO: Jessica Coates

Leeton Soldiers Club has started their season on the front foot with an opening round win over The Phantoms.

The Colts won the toss and sent The Phantoms into bat knowing early wickets would be key.

Nathan Carn was on the spot early taking the wicket of Haydn Emerson (4) to have The Phantoms at 1/10 after three overs.

Brandon Emerson (13) and Phantoms captain Steve Weckert (6) looked to keep their innings moving forward with a 14 run partnership before Carn struck again to remove Emerson.

Weckert was dismissed five balls later by Angus Crelley (2/25) to have the Phantoms in a precarious position of 3/27.

Jock Yelland (2) and Jordan Camm (14) put their side back on the right track with an 18-run stand before Billy Conroy (1/11) struck to remove Yelland.

Two quick wickets fell as Josh Carn took the wickets of Lachlan Hamilton (1) and Camm an over later to again see the Phantom start to suffer a mini-collapse.

Tim Rolls (20) and John Semmens (10) restored some stability with a 21-run partnership to lift the side to 73 with 13 overs remaining in their innings.

Semmens was dismissed by Crelley which brought Chris Hopkins to the crease, and alongside Rolls, the pair continued to push towards setting a total of above 100.

Todd Pattison was economical only going for one run off his three overs while picking up the wicket of Rolls before Jake Shelton (1/9) knocked over John Gray.

Phantoms reached the end of their 40 overs setting the Colts a target of 101 for victory.

It was a shaky start for the Soldiers Club as Glenn Vitnell (4), and Josh Carn (3) fell to the bowling of Semmens (2/22) to have the side at 2/9 with five overs gone.

Dylan Barnes (23) and Colts captain Jarryd Day (41*) got their side moving in the right direction with a 37-run partnership to lift the side to 46.

Hopkins (1/24) struck to remove Barnes however it did little to slow the momentum with Nathan Carn (23) picking up where Barnes left off.

Carn and Day continued the push towards the target as they put on another 35 runs to see the Colts get to within 20 runs of victory 16 overs remaining.

Weckert joined the wicket-takers, dismissing Carn after he was caught by Hopkins.

Crelley and Day pushed the side to within 10 runs of victory before Hopkins took another catch this time off the bowling of Camm (1/6) to dismiss Crelley.

Day took the responsibility scoring the winning runs with just under 11 overs remaining and five wickets in hand.