Mark Scherlies gets down low to avoid this delivery while batting for the Mariners against Cavaliers.
Mark Scherlies gets down low to avoid this delivery while batting for the Mariners against Cavaliers. Alistair Brightman

Bushrangers fire blanks in battle

JASON Pailthorpe hammered an ominous warning to those clubs hoping to win the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade premiership this season – it’s going to be hard to stop the Past Grammars juggernaut.

The big-hitting Pailthorpe and his Past Grammars team-mates proved that by smashing defending premiers, Bushrangers, in the round 10 one-day showdown at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval.

Past Grammars, the competition leaders, won the game by eight wickets to secure their 10th consecutive win of the season.

Bushrangers batted first and scored seven for 198 off their 40 overs.

Opener Jason Groves (78), Scott Willing (30) and Shane Muller (33) top-scored for Bushrangers.

Robert Rasmussen, Daniel Beatty and his brother Luke all grabbed a couple of wickets each.

In reply, Past Grammars lost opener Brad Wex for one before Sam Chew (31), captain Paul Sanders (77 not out) and Pailthorpe (68 not out) combined to secure the easy win in only the 23rd over.

Pailthorpe scored his runs off just 28 balls – his brutal innings included 11 fours and two sixes.

Bushrangers captain Brad Quinn had a torrid time with the ball, conceding 58 runs off only four overs and four balls.

Second-placed Australs scored their fourth consecutive win since they were beaten by Past Grammars by winning a low-scoring clash with the Coastal Cougars at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval.

The Coastal Cougars batted first and were all-out for 132.

Ross Thompson (24), Paul Pitcher (26) and Forrest Wadsworth (29) were the best of the batsmen while Mark Collins, three for seven, and Paul Mathiesen, three for 25, did the damage with the ball.

Openers Matthew Rook (41) and Mathiesen (33) shared a 50-run partnership in reply to put Australs in control before a collapse saw them slump to six for 120 before veteran all-rounder Tony Cordie (14 not out) steadied the ship and guided his team to six for 133.

Tim Woodruff, Wadsworth and Terry Wex all took two wickets each for the Coastal Cougars.

In the other game of the round, Cavaliers hammered the Mariners in the all-Hervey Bay showdown at Keith Dunne Oval.

Cavaliers batted first and scored 150 before bowling the Mariners out for just 45.

Opening bowler Jacob Arden was the destroyer with the ball for Cavaliers, taking an impressive six for 11.



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