Cougars scare the hot shots
IT was a David against Goliath battle but unlike the history books, David didn’t win this against all odds showdown.
And it was Past Grammars captain Paul Sanders who played the leading role in ensuring the underdogs didn’t grab the glory in round seven of the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade competition at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval.
But it went right down to the wire.
The unbeaten and top-of-the-ladder Past Grammars beat the bottom-of-the-ladder and winless Coastal Cougars by just one wicket in the one-day, 40 overs a team clash.
The struggling Coastal Cougars batted first and veteran opener Darren Rasmussen made a real fist of the uphill battle.
He scored 113 out of the six for 200 the Coastal Cougars posted.
Alex Beatty, three for 34, was the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, Sanders, who scored a hundred in his last innings, went close to getting another as he finished 96 not out as his team scored nine for 202 in the 39th over.
Andrew Paterson, three for 42, and Rasmussen, three for 30, did their best to bowl the Coastal Cougars to that much-needed first win of the season.
In the other games of the rounds, Australs and Cavaliers both scored impressive wins.
Australs beat the Hervey Bay Mariners by 82 runs at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval.
The Maryborough team batted first and scored five for 220 thanks mainly to Andrew Thompson (72) and Brad Negus (44 not out).
The Mariners were all-out for 138 in reply after Paul Mathiesen, four for 27, and Mitch Manski, three for 24, left the innings in tatters.
Young opener Duncan Sperling top-scored with 32 for the home team.
Cavaliers beat the defending premiers, Bushrangers, by 128 runs in the all-Hervey Bay clash at N. E. McLean Oval.
Glenn Walker (64), Edgar Wyvill (45), Shane Bird (44) and Adam Kratzman (36) helped Cavaliers score 264.
Bushrangers were bundled out for 136 in reply with only opener Curtis Groves (45) offering any resistance as Shane Freshwater, three for nine, and Jamie Walker, three for 21, starred with the ball.