Mick Cullum and Shawn Matthews were all dressed up and ready to bat for Rangers in the annual Maryborough Cricket Club seven-a-side tournament.
Mick Cullum and Shawn Matthews were all dressed up and ready to bat for Rangers in the annual Maryborough Cricket Club seven-a-side tournament. JOCELYN WATTS

Dale proves to be a big hit

DALE O’Brien had plenty of six appeal in the final of the annual Maryborough Cricket Club seven-a-side tournament at Newtown Oval.

O’Brien smashed six sixes in his innings of 47 to help the Swill Hill Grunters beat defending champions, Tinana Hockey Club, in the competitive division finale.

He scored his runs off just 16 balls as his team scored one for 95 in reply to the four for 92 Tinana posted off their allotted six overs.

Andrew Dubelaar top-scored with 41 for Tinana while Paul Sanders smashed 31 not out to guide the Swill Hill Grunters home.

Maryborough Cricket Club manager Andrew Burgess said O’Brien’s innings had been a brutal one.

“He just smashed everything from the word go,” Burgess said.

“It was simply unbelievable.”

Six teams contested the competitive division while KRAFT held off the challenge from 11 other teams to win the social division.

The final against Plumbers Craic went right down to the wire though.

Plumbers Craic batted first and scored 71 with Jason Ryan leading the way with 29.

Daniel Beatty was the star in the run-chase scoring 31 not out as KRAFT scored the winning runs off the last ball of their innings.

Jason Pailthorpe (Blue Boys) scored most runs in the event while Darren Hinchliff (Sportspower) took the most wickets.



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