Past Grammars captain Paul Sanders scored 60 in the big win against the Coastal Cougars.
Past Grammars captain Paul Sanders scored 60 in the big win against the Coastal Cougars. JOCELYN WATTS

Cricket battle so appealing

PAST Grammars are ready and waiting.

Now it’s a battle to see who will play the minor premiers in the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade grand final.

You can be guaranteed it will be a fight to the last as well.

With three games to go, three teams are still in with a shot at going head-to-head with Past Grammars at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval on March 20.

Cavaliers are currently second on the ladder and they showed they are determined to stay there after an impressive 74-run win against the defending premiers, Bushrangers.

Cavaliers batted first in the all-Hervey Bay showdown and were all-out for 185.

Adam Kratzmann (75), Scott Thomson (25) and Ron Hunt (21) were the pick of the batsmen.

Billy Green, two for 21, and Dave Parry, two for 46, shared the bowling honours for the third-placed Bushrangers.

In reply, Bushrangers were all-out for 111 with only Scott Willing (30) and Shane Muller (29) offering any resistance as Tom Freshwater, four for 17 and his father Shane, two for 14, did the damage with the ball.

Fourth-placed Australs kept their grand final hopes alive by crushing the Mariners by 88 runs at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval.

Australs scored seven for 163 off their 40 overs with Paul Mathiesen (28), Matt Muller (33) and Brad Negus (34) all making contributions.

In reply, only Julian Ellis (22) made it into double figures as the Mariners were dismissed for only 75.

Mitch Manski, five for 24, was the destroyer with the ball.

In the final game of the round, Past Grammars showed no mercy to the Coastal Cougars.

The unbeaten Past Grammars batted first and piled on the runs, scoring eight for 289.

Captain Paul Sanders (60) and Luke Beatty (72) led the way with the bat.

The Coastal Cougars could only manage 104 in reply with Forest Wadsworth (43) playing the lone hand and Cameron Lund, who scored 36 with the bat, completed a fine all-round performance by taking four for 27.



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