Beatty delivery ‘turns' match to Grammars

Matt Nowitzke smashes a boundary in Past Grammars' victory over Bushrangers on Saturday.
Matt Nowitzke smashes a boundary in Past Grammars' victory over Bushrangers on Saturday. Alistair Brightman

SOME wickets brought forth a great big smile. Others were accompanied with a sullen glare.

But it was the blank, slack-jawed look of disbelief on Scott Willing's face after being bamboozled by a Luke Beatty ripper, which summed up the Bushrangers' day at the office.

With Past Grammars' bowlers firing and Beatty's eye-popping delivery, the Maryborough side rolled to a 25-run victory over a 10-man Bushrangers side at Newtown Oval on Saturday.

In a game that ebbed and flowed, Past Grammars' total of 9-213 proved enough for victory as they moved a step closer to a grand final berth in the Sugar Cities Challenge competition while the Bushrangers' season is on life support.

Last week it was Past Grammars' explosive batting which lifted them to one of the most extraordinary wins in recent times, but on Saturday it was clearly their clinical bowling performance which powered them to victory.

"There was a bit more in the pitch than I thought at the start of the day, which suited their two or three spinners and their slow- medium bowlers. That was sort of the theory we went with as well - just keep it nice and full and take the pace of it a bit and it worked out at the end," Past Grammars skipper Sam Chew said.

"They all bat well and bat deep, but a lot of them score their runs hitting through the field and we set the field back to where their strengths were.

"That made them try to do something different and because we kept it tight that made them take risks."

Chew winkled out Bushrangers batsman Bradley Quinn, who returned to the crease less than a month after undergoing surgery on his elbow, after he contributed 33 runs and shared in a 73-run partnership with opener Tony Andrews (66).

The next over, off-spinner Beatty turned the screws even further on the Bushrangers, picking up the prize wicket of Willing with a delivery that turned sharply to out-fox the right-hander.

"I've never turned one that far all season," Beatty said of his delivery which had everyone gasping when it rattled the stumps.

 

SCOREBOARD

SUGAR CITIES CHALLENGE

PAST GRAMMARS

R HOTCHIN st T Andrews b D Paxton.....................46

S CHEW b T Freshwater...........................................10

S COLLINS ct T Andrews b D Donnini.....................14

P SANDERS ct M Maloney b C Emanuel.................2

M MULLER ct M Maloney b C Emanuel..................13

J PALITHORPE ct T Freshwater b M Maloney........34

L BEATTY ct T Freshwater b N Harvey....................22

J PEDERSEN st T Andrews b N Harvey..................27

M NOWITZKE ct S Willing b M Maloney.................10

D O'BRIEN not out....................................................15

M HANSEN not out....................................................3

EXTRAS......................................................................17

TOTAL: .................................................................9-213

FALL: 15, 47, 50, 69, 119, 142, 180, 183, 203

BOWLING: T Freshwater 9-2-28-1, D Paxton 9-0-39-1, D Donnini 2-0-19-1, C Emanuel 7-1-22-2, B Green 2-0-17-0, M Maloney 9-0-43-2, N Harvey 7-0-36-2

BUSHRANGERS

T ANDREWS ct b S Chew........................................66

N HARVEY lbw M Nowitzki.......................................0

B GREEN ct b O'Brien...............................................17

B QUINN lbw S Chew...............................................33

S WILLING b L Beatty.................................................4

M MALONEY ct D O'Brien b M Nowitzki................29

D PAXTON ct M Hansen b M Nowitzki....................12

T FRESHWATER ct M Hansen b R Hotchin..............11

C EMANUEL ct D O'Brien b R Hotchin.....................2

D DONNINI not out....................................................0

EXTRAS......................................................................14

TOTAL: ....................................................................188

FALL: 1, 34, 107, 113, 131, 162, 185, 187, 188

BOWLING: M Nowitzki 8-0-52-1, M Hansen 6-1-15-0, D O'Brien 5-1-19-1, R Hotchin 8.4-0-28-2, S Chew 9-1-28-2, L Beatty 7-0-32-1

PAST GRAMMARS WON BY 25 RUNS

Other results: Brothers 186 (Mick Parsons 55, Chris Anderson 53, Chris Duff 9-3-4-50, Shane Cook 5.1-2-2-6-, Trent Prossliner 8-1-2-28) d ATW 49 (Ian Botha 8-2-6-24, Matt Turich 8.5-1-4-24);

Norths 0-85 (Shaun Rose 49) d Country Wests 81 (Jon Cameron 31, Boyd Williams 8.3-5-5-9, Paul Jagger 8-1-4-23)

Topics:  cricket



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