Australs are red hot
THE WEATHER was hot and so were the Australs cricket team at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval.
Australs hammered Cavaliers by a massive 208 runs in the one-day clash in round nine of the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade competition.
The Maryborough team batted first and posted an imposing five for 264 off their allotted 40 overs.
Openers Matthew Rook (82) and Paul Mathiesen (47) shared a 128 run partnership before Ben Hosking (62) and Brad Negus (21 not out) carried on the good work.
In reply, Cavaliers were soon in trouble after opener Andrew Pyne and number three, Shane Bradbury, were out for ducks.
The run-chase didn’t improve and the Hervey Bay team crashed to be all-out for 56.
Only opener Glen Walker (27) reached double figures as Tony Cordie, five for 13, and Mark Collins, four for 19, left the innings in tatters.
The unbeaten competition leaders, Maryborough’s Past Grammars, also had a big win in the round.
They beat the Mariners by 94 runs at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval.
Past Grammars scored eight for 223 off their overs.
Russell Hotchin (87) and Brad Mitchell (60) put on 143 for the fourth wicket.
Veteran spinner Aaron Gillies, five for 41, did his best to stem the flow of runs.
The Mariners lost a couple of quick wickets in reply and they never recovered, losing their final six wickets for 41 as they were dismissed for 129.
Hotchin completed a fine all-round display, taking four for 20.
In the other game of the round, defending premiers, Bushrangers, ended a two-game losing streak by beating the Coastal Cougars in a low scoring clash at Torquay’s N. E. McLean Oval.
The Coastal Cougars were all-out for 85.
Billy Green, three for three, and Jason Nayler, three for 18, did the damage with the ball.
Bushrangers replied with seven for 88.
Captain Brad Quinn top-scored with 19 while Tim Woodruff, five for 30, did his best to bowl the Coastal Cougars to their second consecutive win.