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Ballan's captain, Hayden Micallef hits the ball over deep mid-wicket for six runs. Photo – CHRIS THOM

A new season has begun and it was Golden Point that won the toss and elected to bat.

A good start by the opening batsmen for Point so bowlers Kobe Heafield and Jack Jarvis toiled away with no reward.

The damage was done in the middle overs with great tight bowling from Ryan Lister and veteran David Gardiner.

Golden Point always kept the scoreboard ticking over but regular wickets kept Ballan in the contest and eventually Point made a very competitive total of 175.

With the bat unfortunately, the top five-six batsmen failed, with Ballan on the back foot at 5/30.

But a great innings from Kobe Heafield, David Gardiner, Brady Naeff and Eli Muir brought Ballan right back into the contest and with a chance of winning. However, Ballan in the end were dismissed around 15-20 runs short of the Golden Point total.

An unfortunate way to start the season, with many lessons to be learnt.

Ballan 1st XI (BCA 2nd Grade)

Golden Point 9/175 def Ballan 154
Ryan Lister 9-1-2-33, Jack Jarvis 9-1-2-23, David Gardiner 7-0-2-52, Kobe Heafield 8-0-2-25
Batting – Brady Naeff 54, Eli Muir 21, David Gardiner 19