KABOOM: Bushrangers batsman Tony Andrews belts one past a Past Grammars bowler. Photo: Valerie Horton
KABOOM: Bushrangers batsman Tony Andrews belts one past a Past Grammars bowler. Photo: Valerie Horton Valerie Horton

Andrews starts with a bang

PLAYERS returned to the cricket pitch for the new season and the ending to the first Sugar Cities Challenge contest was a sweet one for the Bushrangers.

Opener Tony Andrews struck an unbeaten 80 to help the Hervey Bay side roll Past Grammars for the first time in four years at Torquay's N.E. McLean Oval on Saturday.

The Bushrangers busted the drought with Jason Riley whipping Steve Collins over the boundary for six to pass the defending champion's total of 162 with 10 balls spare.

Nearly all in the stands stood and applauded, but there was no doubt Andrews, who shared a 74-run stand with Bradley Quinn, was the star of the show.

"He really dug in for us when we needed him too," Martin Maloney, in his first game as captain, said.

If not for a determined comeback by the Bushrangers bowlers, the result might have been a lot different.

Invited in to bat, Past Grammars got off to a splendid start with Russell Hotchin (30) and Sam Chew (23) pushing the total past 50 without loss.

Then the spinners came in and messed things up.

Off-spinner Maloney tore through the middle order returning the figures of 4-22 off eight overs, while leg-spinner Quinn nabbed two to put their team firmly in control.

"It was pretty rewarding to bowl them out for 162," Maloney said.

"After that sort of start they normally go on to get 230 or 240.

"We've got a pretty young side this year and some new faces, so to come away with a win like that has filled the boys with plenty of confidence."

Past Grammars captain Chew was critical of his team's lack of focus.

"Nearly every batsman got himself out and the bowlers just bowled one or two bad balls in every over," he said.

"We were doing things when we didn't need to.

"Instead of putting that ball back on the spot for that last ball, we tried something silly, but that's cricket, that happens."

SCOREBOARD

SUGAR CITIES CHALLENGE

PAST GRAMMARS

R HOTCHIN ct ANDREWS b GREEN..............30

S CHEW ct ANDREWS b PARRY...................23

S COLLINS ct & b GREEN...............................13

A BEATTY b MALONEY.....................................2

J PALITHORPE b MALONEY...........................10

D BLACKMAN ct GREEN b MALONEY..........28

J PEDERSEN ct RILEY b MALONEY...............16

M NOWITZKE ct ANDREWS b QUINN.............2

L BEATTY NOT OUT...........................................8

M HANSEN ct EVERETT b QUINN...................4

D O'BRIEN run out QUINN...............................3

EXTRAS...........................................................23

TOTAL.............................................................162

FALL 54, 72, 81, 86, 96, 128, 144, 145, 153

BOWLING: J RILEY 8-0-36-0; M BURGESS 4-0-18-0; D PARRY 1-0-7-1; J PASIN 4-0-16-0; B GREEN 7-1-26-2; B QUINN 8-1-26-2; M MALONEY 8-1-22-4

BUSHRANGERS

T ANDREWS not out......................................80

M MALONEY lbw A BEATTY............................6

B GREEN ct HANSEN b A BEATTY..................5

S WILLING b A BEATTY....................................0

B QUINN b L BEATTY.....................................38

R EVERETT st BLACKMAN..............................11

J RILEY not out...............................................14

EXTRAS............................................................12

TOTAL.........................................................5-166

FALL 33, 45, 45, 119, 147

BOWLING: M NOWITZKI 3-0-24-0; A BEATTY 8-3-20-3; D O'BRIEN 8-2-39-0; L BEATTY 8-2-23-1; S COLLINS 5.2-0-28-0; M HANSEN 4-0-15-0; D BLACKMAN 2-0-1-12

BUSHRANGERS WON BY FIVE WICKETS



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