Debutant fires as Swifts make short work of Central Districts

A DREAM first grade debut for Callum Chandler helped Swifts to an opening round win over Central Districts on Saturday.

Chandler dismissed former Queensland Country captain Ben O'Connell with a classic delivery to start the costly collapse at Mark Marsh Oval.

O'Connell swung at a delivery that seamed off the pitch and was caught behind for 14.

Both openers were gone with 32 on the board when the middle order fell in a hole, Centrals lost 4-4 to be 5-36.

Any chance of a big total was gone and it was left to Nick Vellacott (41), Caleb Risson (27) and Michael Dargusch (49) to post what they hoped would be a competitive 177.

"Credit to Vellacott," Swifts skipper Nathan Hooper said.

"He started pushing the singles and put away any bad balls.

"The deck flattened out a bit."

Hooper admits the changing nature of the wicket made Swifts' job, and his own - coming in at number seven, easier.

"When we saw their numbers eight and nine slugging us around, we knew the bounce would be true," he said.

Centrals had to bowl well to compete, so a bowling card that read 29 wides gave the advantage to Swifts.

Dylan Hickson backed up his 2-21 with 31 from first drop before Dave Roberts (31) and Hooper (22 not out) saw them home.

Hooper was scheduled to come in at number seven. But he sent Cameron Wood in ahead of him to lift the scoring rate.

"With 18 overs to go, we needed five-and-a-half runs an over," Hooper said.

"Then Cameron made seven runs from his first 15 deliveries.

"But Dave Roberts and Tommy Douglas did great work to capitalise on the early work."

In the weekend's other Division 1 match, Laidley beat Taipans by 148 runs at Laidley.

Alex Welsh had a field day for the home team, cracking 84 before claiming 4-35 against understrength Taipans.



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