Cougars duck into big loss

TONY Cordie showed no pity to the struggling Cougars in round five of the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade competition on Saturday.

The bottom-of-the-ladder and winless Cougars could only field nine players through a combination of illness and non-availability for the clash with Australs at Maryborough's Newtown Oval but they got no sympathy from Cordie.

The veteran all-rounder destroyed the Cougars batting line-up, taking five for 13 off six overs as the Hervey Bay team was dismissed for only 55 in the 18th over of their allotted 40.

Cordie had figures of five for five at one stage as six of the Cougars batsmen were out for ducks.

The Cougars score would have looked a lot sadder had it not been for Paul Pitcher (22 not out).

In reply, Pitcher ensured Australs didn't have it all their own way taking a wicket with the first ball of the innings.

Australs were even deeper in trouble at three for two before Paul Mathiesen (17) and Andrew Thompson (32 not out) helped their team score four for 56.

Pitcher finished with figures of three for 26.

While there was no movement at the bottom of the table, there was at the top.

Past Grammars now lead the race to the premiership after defeating defending premiers, Bushrangers, by 105-runs at Torquay's N. E. McLean Oval.

Past Grammars batted first and scored five for 244 off their 40 overs thanks mainly to the big-hitting Jason Pailthorpe.

He smashed 72 off 58 balls, an innings which included nine fours and two huge sixes.

Wide Bay representative Brad Wex (49), Sam Chew (26), captain Paul Sanders (24) and Russell Hotchin (20) also kept the runs flowing.

Andrew Neilsen, three for 47, was the man who did the damage with the ball for the previously unbeaten Bushrangers.

Bushrangers were all-out for 139 in reply thanks to the performances of Robert Rasmussen, four for 35, and Luke Beatty, three for 17.

Captain Brad Quinn (39) top-scored for Bushrangers.

In the other game of the round, Cavaliers beat the Mariners by one-wicket in the all-Hervey Bay showdown at Urangan's Keith Dunne Oval.

The Mariners were dismissed for 110 before the Cavaliers scored nine for 114 in reply.

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