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Frank Malone, centre, presented a shirt to Player of the Final, Dylan Gilliland, and an Encouragement Award to Alfred Watcho

March 16, 2018

Blackbutt Timbertowners celebrated their first year back in the South Burnett cricket competition by taking a decisive win over Cherbourg on Saturday in the B Grade Grand Final.

Despite heavy grey skies, rain had little effect on the game – played at Murgon State High School’s pitch – with only a couple of very light showers falling near the end of the game.

Cherbourg batted first and were all out for 116 in the 27th over.

Cherbourg’s opening batsmen both went cheaply which set last year’s grand finalists on the back foot before the game had really begun.

Captain Barry Fisher Snr top-scored with 31 runs, inspiring a mini-revival in the tail.

Young Alfred Watcho was the next best with the bat, taking 19 runs.

In reply, the Timbertowners overtook the target in the 31st over for the loss of just four wickets.

Top scorer was Shane Argent with 37 not out.

The game was played in a good spirit with both teams joking and posing together for photos at the end.

Barry Fisher Snr sends one down ... he was unlucky with the ball but top-scored with the bat for Cherbourg

Shane Argent, who top-scored for Blackbutt with 37, belts away a boundary

Chris Turner finished 15 not out for Blackbutt

Shane Argent leaps high for an attempted stroke not seen in any coaching manual

The victorious Blackbutt Timbertowners join with Cherbourg after the game

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Cricket Awards

The South Burnett Cricket Association’s season 2017-18 trophies were handed out at the end of the Grand Final.

Winners were:

  • Bowling Average – Michael Marriott (8.31)
  • Wicketkeeper Dismissals – Tom Langton (11)
  • Bowling Aggregate – Kieran Harvey / Michael Marriott (26 wickets)
  • Best Bowling Figures – Michael Marriott (6/29)
  • Highest Partnership – Chris Heness and Kiall Rowberry (420 not out)
  • Most Catches – Alfred Watcho (7)
  • Highest Score – Chris Heness (254 not out)
  • Batting Aggregate – Chris Heness (493 runs)
  • Batting Average – Barry Fisher Snr (65.6)

SBCA B Grade Cricketer of the Year
(1 run = 1pt, 1 wicket = 20pts, 1 wicketkeeper dismissal = 20pts, 1 catch = 5pts)

1. Kieran Harvey – 800 points
2. Michael Marriott – 752
3. Terry Davidson – 751
4. Barry Fisher Snr – 708
5. Tom Langton – 703

Chris Heness: Highest Partnership, Highest Score and Batting Aggregate

Michael Marriott: Bowling Average, Bowling Aggregate, Best Bowling Figures

Cricketer of the Year Kieran Harvey

Barry Fisher Snr: Highest Batting Average

Tom Langton: Most Wicketkeeper Dismissals

Alfred Watcho: Most Catches

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Gympie Two-Day Grand Final

Day 2 of the Gympie A Grade Grand Final between Southern District Devils (Kingaroy) and the Murgon Crusaders was played in Gympie at the weekend, with the Devils proving triumphant after a rain-affected game.

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by Graham Brown

Southern Districts Devils claimed the Gympie A Grade 2-Day Trophy.

They held off the fast finishing Murgon Crusaders in a weather-affected match. Unfortunately around 50 overs of play were lost on Day 2 due to a wet pitch.

Kieran Askin must be commended for his sportsmanship as the Devils were in the box seat after claiming a First Innings lead, leaving Murgon needing an outright result to claim victory.

Askin told the umpires the Devils had come to play and the day was slipping away. Five or six pitch inspections revealed the wicket was not getting any better.

After a short discussion between the captains and umpires, Kieran and I convinced the officials to just let us get on with it.

As a show of good faith, Murgon agreed to bat on for 30 minutes before declaring in case the pitch turned out to be a minefield.

Some good hitting from Jason Webber and Ashley Louis saw Murgon add 88 runs in 7.5 overs.

With the fall of Louis’ wicket, Murgon declared at 7/226 leaving the Devils 205 for victory or Murgon 10 wickets for the win with only two hours play remaining.

The Devils lost a steady flow of wickets as they looked to dig in and bat out the day’s play.

At drinks they were 5/22 after 16.1 overs.

A few more quick wickets had Murgon looking like they were going to pull off the impossible comeback.

With the Devils reeling at 8/28 after 27 overs, Luke Smith and Tyler Heness batted out the remaining 10 overs of play to finish the day at 8/44 from 37 overs and raise the trophy.

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Murgon 10/192
Jason Webber 65
Troy Dennien 50
Craig Murree 38

Dean Olzard 3/30 off 13 overs
Kieran Askin 2/52 off 16.2 overs
Tyler Heness 1/12 off 6 overs
Matthew Patroni 1/14 off 9 overs
Luke Smith 1/17 off 6 overs
Matt Nesbitt 1/17 off 4 overs

Devils 10/214
Tony Dugdell 60
Matthew Patroni 29
Kieran Nicholas Askin 25
Luke Smith 25
Dean Olzard 22

Ashley Louis 4/40 off 15 overs
Jamian Currin 2/40 off 17 overs
Jason Webber 1/16 off 7 overs
Bryce Douglas Edwards 2/37 off 15.1 overs
Graham Brown 1/33 off 18 overs

Murgon 7/226 dec.
Jason Webber 83
Ashley Louis 43
Lehman Brunjes 38
Damien Sippel 22

Matt Nesbitt 2/5 off 3 overs
Tyler Heness 2/37 off 7 overs
Luke Smith 2/40 off 5.5 overs
Matthew Patroni 1/27 off 8 overs

Devils 8/44
Tyler Heness 11 not out

Graham Brown 6/18 off 14 overs with 8 maidens
Jamian Currin 1/6 off 13 overs with 10 maidens
Ashley Louis 1/12 off 8 overs with 4 maidens

Southern Districts Devils won after claiming a first innings lead of 22 runs.

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