Race to be A grade premiers
THE PAST Grammars juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing down in the race to be crowned the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade premiers.
The unbeaten and top-of-the-ladder Past Grammars crushed Australs by seven wickets in the all-Maryborough showdown at Newtown Oval.
Australs batted first in the one-day game and scored seven for 198 off their allotted 40 overs.
Brad Negus (76 not out) and Andrew Thompson (38) led the way with the bat for Australs while Robert Rasmussen (three for 43) was the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, Past Grammars captain Paul Sanders led from the front, scoring an impressive 106 not out off 100 balls as his team scored three for 199 with six overs to spare.
Jason Pailthorpe (29) and Shaun Nitz (29 not out) also played their part in the win.
Kurt Eckert (two for 35) did his best to stem the flow of runs.
Second-placed Bushrangers were also in winning form in the round.
The defending premiers beat another Hervey Bay team, the Mariners, by 39 runs at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval.
Bushrangers, who won the toss and batted, were all-out for 170 in their final over.
Josh Dugdale (63), Scott Willings (26), Jordan Darlington (34) and captain Brad Quinn (25 not out) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.
Aiden Worth (five for 30) was the destroyer with the ball.
The Mariners made a solid start in reply thanks to openers Mark Scherlies (31) and Duncan Sperling (29) but it all went downhill after they were dismissed.
Shane Muller (four for 24) and Jeremy Pasin (four for 18) shared the bowling honours for Bushrangers.
In the final game of the round, the struggling Coastal Cougars were no match for Cavaliers at Allan Embrey Oval.
The bottom-of-the-ladder and winless Coastal Cougars were all-out for just 38.
Young Tom Freshwater, 15, grabbed a career-best five for 10 off six overs.
Cavaliers took just six overs to secure the win and they didn’t lose a wicket doing it.