Mariners sail past leaders
PAST Grammars’ hopes of going through the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade season undefeated have been hit for six.
The minor premiers slumped to a 38-run defeat at the hands of the Mariners at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval on Saturday.
The Mariners batted first and scored seven for 175 off their 40 overs.
Mark Scherlies (54 not out), Clinton McIvor (38), Julian Ellis (25) and Scott Maloney (24) led the way with the willow while Robert Rasmussen, three for 29, was the best of the bowlers.
In reply, Russell Hotchin (50) played a lone hand as his team was bundled out for 137.
Matt Hawkins, McIvor, and Harry Roads all took two wickets each.
While the minor premiers were having a day they would rather forget, the defending premiers, Bushrangers, showed no mercy to the struggling Coastal Cougars.
They crushed the bottom-of-the-ladder Cougars by 129 runs at Torquay’s N. E. McLean Oval.
The second-placed Bushrangers batted first and scored five for 215 with young Billy Green starring with the bat, scoring 83 not out, his first half-century in A grade.
He was well supported by Josh Dugdale (60) and Ben Bamford (27).
The Cougars were all-out for 86 in reply with only Steve Collins (30) offering any signs of resistance as Geoff Broadbent captured three for eight.
In the other game of the round, third-placed Cavaliers stayed in the premiership winning race after beating Australs by four wickets at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval.
Australs batted first and scored seven for 208.
Matthew Muller smashed 71 off 54 balls while Tony Cordie hit 50 off 39 and Matthew Rook scored 42 at better than a run a ball.
Ron Hunt and Shane Bird shared the bowling honours after both finished with figures of three for 36.
Scott Thompson (65 not out) led the successful run-chase with Hunt (37), Edgar Wyvill (23) and Adam Kratzmann (24).