Bushrangers wicket-keeper Jason Naylor runs out Australs batsman Andrew Thompson in the A grade clash in Maryborough.
Bushrangers wicket-keeper Jason Naylor runs out Australs batsman Andrew Thompson in the A grade clash in Maryborough.

Howzat? Bushies slump to loss

BUSHRANGERS’ stranglehold on the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade premiership is showing signs of loosening.

The defending premiers and a club which has won the premiership eight times in the past nine years, crashed to their third loss in the past four games after Australs beat them in a low-scoring showdown in round eight at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval.

Australs won the one-day, 40 overs a team clash by 23 runs.

Australs batted first and were deep in trouble at eight for 90 before Kurt Eckert (35 not out) and Mark Collins (16) combined to put on 54 for the ninth wicket.

That helped the Maryborough team score nine for 147 off their overs.

Jeremy Pasin, three for 22, returned the best bowling figures for Bushrangers.

In reply, Bushrangers found batting just as tough and were struggling at five for 65 at one stage before South Queensland Country representative all-rounder Shane Muller did his best to make a fight of it.

Muller scored 59 before he was the eighth man out with the score on 109 and after he was dismissed his team were all-out for 124.

Eckert, who top-scored with the bat for Australs, starred with the ball, taking five for 15 off eight overs.

Muller said Bushrangers only had themselves to blame for another loss.

“The bowlers are doing their job but the batsmen aren’t,” Muller said.

“We’re just not batting well enough to win games – it’s that simple.”

In the other games of the round, the unbeaten competition leaders, Past Grammars, and the Coastal Cougars both recorded wins.

Past Grammars beat Cavaliers by 20 runs at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval.

Past Grammars batted first and posted an impressive four for 245 thanks to Brad Wex (72), captain Paul Sanders (60) and Jason Pailthorpe (51).

Cavaliers were all-out for 225 in the 39th over.

The Coastal Cougars won their first game of the season after beating the Mariners by 62 runs in the all-Hervey Bay clash.

Steve Collins (75) and Nick Rolston (39) helped the Coastal Cougars score six for 200.

In reply, the Mariners were dismissed for 138 despite the efforts of Scott Maloney (34) and Duncan Sperling (30).

‘The bowlers are doing their job but the batsmen aren’t. We’re just not batting well enough to win games – it’s that simple.’ — Bushrangers’ Shane Muller



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