Cricket year has appealing start
PAST GRAMMARS blew away the cobwebs and their rivals in round 14 of the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade competition on Saturday.
The unbeaten competition leaders showed no signs of rustiness after an almost month-long break due to the festive season and last week’s washout as they crushed the Mariners by six wickets at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval.
The Mariners batted first and were dismissed for just 113 in the 40 overs a side one-day showdown.
Dale O’Brien and Nathan Penfold were the destroyers with the ball for Past Grammars.
O’Brien captured three for six off six overs while Penfold, who was making his A grade debut, finished with figures of three for 11 off eight overs.
Mitchell Lorberg top-scored with 28 for the Mariners – he and opener Scott Maloney (11) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.
In reply, Sam Chew (22) and Luke Beatty (43) shared a 74 run second-wicket partnership to guide their team to another win by the 21st over.
Marty Maloney, two for 19, was the pick of the bowlers.
Not surprisingly, Past Grammars captain Paul Sanders said he was pleased with the performance.
“You just don’t know how you will play after a break so it was pleasing to play as well as we did,” Sanders said.
In the other games of the round, defending premiers, Bushrangers, and Cavaliers, both emerged victorious at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval.
Bushrangers beat the Coastal Cougars by 61 runs.
Bushrangers scored nine for 224 with Shane Muller (54), Curtis Groves (38), Chris Hughes (27 not out), Josh Dugdale (25) and Jordan Darlington (25) in form with the bat while Forrest Wadsworth, two for 45, did his best with the ball.
The Coastal Cougars finished on four for 164 with Steve Collins 89 not out.
Cavaliers were also big winners after hammering Australs by 90 runs.
Scott Thompson (67), Ron Hunt (43), and Andrew Pyne (24) ensured Cavaliers posted a competitive 204.
Australs were all-out for 124 in reply.
Tony Cordie (32) and Paul Mathiesen (20) were the only batsmen to offer any resistance as youngsters Tom Freshwater, three for 14, and Jamie Walker, three for 36, bowled their side to victory.