Bushrangers ambush Mariners
BUSHRANGERS came out all guns blazing in round two of the Fraser Coast Cricket A-grade competition on Saturday.
Well, they did with bat and ball at least.
Bushrangers, who had the bye last week, won the battle of the Bay against Whale City rivals, the Mariners, and won it in style, winning the one-day clash by seven wickets at Torquay’s N. E. McLean Oval.
The Mariners batted first and were all-out for 110 in the 38th of their allotted 40 overs.
Only Ben Hosking (21) offered any resistance as Shane Muller, four for 14, Chris Hughes, two for 13, and Tim Woodruff, two for 13, left the innings in tatters.
In reply, Bushrangers scored three for 113 and they secured victory in the 25th over.
Jordan Darlington top scored with 36 while Muller completed a fine all-round performance by scoring 32 not out.
Justin Green (25) also kept the scoreboard ticking over.
In the other game of the round, defending premiers, Past Grammars, bounced back from last week’s loss to Cavaliers.
They beat Australs by six wickets in the all-Maryborough showdown at Newtown Oval.
Australs batted first and scored six for 155.
Matthew Muller led the way with 52 before being runout while Matthew Rook (21), Paul Mathiesen (25) and Andrew Thompson (26 not out) also made valuable contributions.
Dale O’Brien, three for 39, was the pick of the bowlers.
Past Grammars struggled early in reply and were two for 29 at one stage before Jason Pailthorpe (53 not out) and Russell Hotchin (52) steadied the ship and guided their team to a convincing win with 12 overs to spare.
Opening bowler Dean Challacombe took two for 17 off six overs.
The other team in the competition, Cavaliers, had the bye.