Australs' bid for final is stumped
AUSTRALS' premiership winning dream is over for another year.
With just two games to go, the race to win a berth in the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade grand final is now a two-horse one.
Australs bowed out of contention after losing to one of the two teams still in the hunt to take on Past Grammars in the final, Bushrangers, at Torquay’s N. E. McLean Oval.
Australs batted first and were all-out 141 in the 40th and final over of their innings.
The Maryborough team had been deep in trouble at five for 22 at one stage before the lower order staged a fight back through Lee Kellaway (24), Alex Barry (20) and Brendan Ross (25).
Opening bowler Geoff Broadbent was the chief destroyer with the ball, taking five for 33.
In reply, Bushrangers, the defending premiers, found the batting just as tough and were five for 55 before Shane Muller (47) and Scott Willing (40) came to the rescue.
But the game was far from over and Bushrangers crashed to nine for 135 before finally getting across the line with only two balls of the final over to go.
In the other games of the round, Past Grammars, the minor premiers, and the Mariners both recorded wins.
Past Grammars beat the other team still in contention to play in the grand final, Cavaliers, by two wickets at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval.
Cavaliers batted first and scored eight for 164.
Veteran all-rounder Ron Hunt (55) top-scored for Cavaliers while Daniel Beatty, three for 23, was the pick of the bowlers.
Past Grammars started the run-chase strongly with the first four batsmen, Robert Rasmussen (20), Sam Chew (20), captain Paul Sanders (63) and Russell Hotchin (45) all keeping the scoreboard ticking over as their team scored eight for 166.
Adam Kratzmann, three for 32, and Shane Freshwater, three for 20, bowled well for Cavaliers.
The Mariners crushed the struggling Coastal Cougars by 10 wickets at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval.
Clinton McIvor took six for 14 as the Cougars were dismissed for only 57 before Marty Maloney (35 not out) and Duncan Sperling (19 not out) secured the easy win.