THE Coffs Harbour Colts made a successful Wykes Tyrepower night cricket competition debut with a three-wicket defeat of South Services at McKittrick Park on Tuesday.
Souths won the toss and a 43-run partnership between opener Brett Woods (27) and Brandon Honeybrook (28) had the locals in a good position at 1/60. However, the next seven batsmen failed to make the most of their openers' good work, with only Brendan Williams (13) able to reach double figures.
Souths' chances of amassing a competitive score petered out as the club lost its last eight wickets for 36 runs.
In reply Coffs were able to rely on a number of steady scores, even though the wickets continued to tumble. Coffs captain Andrew Firth (28), Matt Francis (15) and Gerry Coogan (18) kept the score ticking over as Souths bowlers Matt Peterson (2/21), Zac Page (3/20) and Kye Masters (1/7) continued to chip away.
Coffs struck the winning runs with six overs remaining and will now face Firth's old club Westlawn in the second round.
“We threw some of the young boys up the order and I think we did well,” Firth said.
Meanwhile, the Coffs Colts are expected to issue a formal complaint relating to an incident involving a spectator's conduct after the match.