James Maniskas fires down a delivery for Rangers in the clash against the Back Yard Boonies in the annual Maryborough Cricket Club seven-a-side tournament.
James Maniskas fires down a delivery for Rangers in the clash against the Back Yard Boonies in the annual Maryborough Cricket Club seven-a-side tournament.

Jason a hit at seven-a-side comp

THE weather was hot and so it seems was Jason Pailthorpe during the opening games of the annual Maryborough Cricket Club seven-a-side tournament at Newtown Oval.

The big-hitting batsman was in sensational form in his first six games of the two-day event.

Pailthorpe, who plays for the unbeaten Fraser Coast Cricket A grade competition leaders, Past Grammars, scored an impressive 186 runs in his five visits to the crease while playing for the team representing the Blue Boys from the Sunbury Soccer Club in the social competition.

It was a performance which won him an award for being the leading run scorer for the weekend.

Twelve teams contested the social competition while six did battle in the bid to win the competitive title.

The finals in each division were played late yesterday and Maryborough Cricket Club manager Andrew Burgess said that competition had once again been fierce in both divisions.

“This type of cricket (each team bats for six overs) is fun but that doesn’t mean the rivalry isn’t there,” he said.

“It’s on for one and all I can tell you.”

As for Pailthorpe’s performances with the bat, Burgess said this format of the game really suited his style.

“Jason loves nothing more than to hit it hard and far,” Burgess said.

“I can tell you that’s he’s certainly been doing that on a regular basis.”

Burgess said that some spectators had bagged $20 each for taking a catch in the crowd.

“Others have tried but failed miserably,” he laughed.



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