Phantoms dominate LSC Colts in LDCA A grade

LOADING UP: Bill Buster led the way for The Phantoms with an unbeaten 110 against LSC Colts on Saturday. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo
LOADING UP: Bill Buster led the way for The Phantoms with an unbeaten 110 against LSC Colts on Saturday. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

A batting masterclass from Bill Buster has helped lift the Phantoms to their first win of the season after setting a mammoth total on Saturday afternoon against LSC Colts.

After winning the toss, the Colts sent the Phantoms into bat, and they looked to make them regret their decision when Haydn Emerson and Chris Hopkins came to the crease.

The opening pair but on a partnership of 35 before Nathan Carn knocked over Emerson (3) but the fall of wicket did little to slow the scoring.

Hopkins and Kal Poulsen were scoring quickly with the side reaching 82 in 12 overs before Carn struck again to remove Hopkins (58).

The Phantoms were in a run-scoring mood with the fall of Hopkins bringing Buster to the crease, and the scoring went from there.

While Poulsen was bowled by Colts captain Jarryd Day (1/35) with the score on 93, Jock Yelland joined Buster, and the pair kept the scoring moving along quickly.

In a massive partnership between the pair, they were able to put on 170 runs off 134 deliveries to see their side reach 3/263 off their 40 overs. Buster finished on 110* which includes 11 fours, and four sixes while Yelland finished on 53 which included four boundaries.

Buster finished on 110* which includes 11 fours and four sixes

It was always going to be a mountain to climb for the Colts, but the chase started poorly losing Mackenzie Saddler (0), and Dylan Barnes (5) both picked up by Richard Keith.

The experienced heads of Jarryd Day (29) and Nathan Carn (48) tried to add some stability to their side's innings with a 77-run partnership.

When the partnership was broken by George Anthony, who dismissed Carn, the innings took a turn for the worse.

Emerson was the chief destroyer picking up a five-wicket haul including the wicket of Day, Todd Pattison (1), Angus Crelley (0), Billy Conroy (0) and Bryce Butler (0).

Anthony (2/21) finished with two wickets after picking up Alex Crelley (3) while Lachlan Hamilton (1/1) as the Colts lost 8/12 to give the Phantoms a convincing first win of the season with a 161-run victory.

The win sees the Phantoms climb above the Colts and Narrandera into third place in the A grade table while the Colts have fallen to third.

The Phantoms will now prepare to take on L&D next weekend in Yanco while the Colts will make the trip to Narrandera to take on the Carpheads.