Australs opening bowler Kurt Eckert gives it his all against the Hervey Bay Mariners in the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade clash at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval on Saturday.
Australs opening bowler Kurt Eckert gives it his all against the Hervey Bay Mariners in the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade clash at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval on Saturday. Jocelyn Watts

Past Grammars in top form for comp

IT MAY have been round 11 of the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade competition but nothing has changed since round one.

Past Grammars are still unbeaten and still on the top-of-the-ladder.

The Maryborough team won its 11th consecutive game of the season after beating a determined Coastal Cougars by 30 runs at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval on Saturday.

Past Grammars batted first and were all-out for 184.

Opener Brad Wex (46), Marty Burrows (21), Luke Beatty (36) and Dale O’Brien (22 not out) were the major contributors with the bat.

Forest Wadsworth was the pick of the bowlers with three for 31 off his eight overs while Paul Pitcher, Tim Woodruff and Nick Kitson all captured two wickets each.

In reply, Clinton Daley (40) and Steve Collins (23) shared a 71-run opening partnership before a collapse, which saw four wickets tumble for just 20 runs, put Past Grammars back in the box seat.

Ashley Renouf, Alex Beatty and Burrows took two wickets each to restrict the Coastal Cougars to nine for 154.

Defending premiers, Bushrangers, also finished the year with a win after beating Cavaliers by 34 runs in the all-Hervey Bay showdown at N. E. McLean Oval.

Bushrangers scored six for 211 of their 40 overs thanks to Andrew Nielsen (71), Jordan Darlington (51) and Curtis Groves (35).

Jamie Walker, three for 21, was the pick of the bowlers.

Cavaliers were all-out for 177 in reply with Adam Kratzmann (50) and Edgar Wyvill (21) the only batsmen to offer any resistance.

Chris Hughes, three for 17, Dave Parry three for 39 and captain Bradley Quinn, two for 17, did the damage with the ball.

In the other game of the round, Australs beat the Mariners by three wickets in a low-scoring affair at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval.

Brad Vincent (28) and Mitch Lorberg (34) top-scored for the Mariners as they finished on eight for 148.

Brendan Ross, three for 41, starred with the ball for Australs.

In reply, Australs scored seven for 149 in the 37th over with Brad Negus (40 not out) guiding his team home.

The competition resumes on January 9.



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