Brad Cox defies injury to lead Colts to RSL-Whitney Cup victory over Newtown

STAR RECRUIT: In a rare appearance, Brad Cox guided RSL-Colts to victory over Newtown in Saturday's RSL-Whitney Cup. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
STAR RECRUIT: In a rare appearance, Brad Cox guided RSL-Colts to victory over Newtown in Saturday's RSL-Whitney Cup. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

An unbeaten 68 from Brad Cox has guided RSL-Colts to a tense victory over Newtown in the RSL-Whitney Cup on Saturday.

Colts looked in control of the game on day one last weekend when they bowled Newtown out for 133.

But a batting collapse on that afternoon saw them lose 7/73 by the end of the day’s play, leaving them needing to make 61 runs on Saturday with just three wickets in hand.

“We got ourselves in a pickle last week where we were in a position to almost outright win, to where we were on a back foot,” Colts skipper Greg Buckley said.

“Dan French got them back in the game … They bowled quite well last week but they didn't really look as threatening as they did at the end of the game last week.

“Luckily we had the Cox brothers [Tim and Brad] back in and their experience and they managed to get the runs and in the end it was over quite quickly.”

Play resumed on Saturday with the Cox brothers at the crease, Tim (8) playing second fiddle to Brad as he hit for the fences.

Together they put on 53 runs to bring Colts within reach of victory, and after Tim fell Brad did the rest.

Buckley said Brad’s knock was “very important”, especially after he suffered a severe shoulder just before Christmas.

“He got stampled on by a cow on the farm,” Buckley said.

“The doctor said his shoulder is pretty much knackered … He’s obviously a strong guy – I don’t think I could do that after being stamped on by a cow.

“He does struggle and he moans and groans about it but he’s doing alright … it’s nice to have guys like that in the middle order.”

Buckley also commended Tom Atlee (2/21) and Bede Young (3/23) for last week’s bowling.

“All the players are coming back from representative duties, we’re getting on a bit of role now and winning,” he said. “It’s anyone’s to win now.”