October 26, 2018
It was a mixed start to the A Grade cricket season for the two South Burnett teams in Round 1 of the Gympie competition on Saturday.
In Murgon, Murgon District proved too strong for Gympie Valleys; but in Kingaroy, the Southern District Devils went down to Gympie Colts.
Gympie Valleys won the toss and sent Murgon District into bat at Murgon Showgrounds.
The home side finished with 6/194 off their 40 overs, with Jason Webber top-scoring with 69.
In reply, Valleys were all out for 96 off 29.4 overs after a strong performance by the Murgon bowlers.
Bryce Edwards took 4/35 (off eight overs), Allen Ledger 3/15 (off 8), Shane Polzin 1/8 (off 2), Jason Webber 1/11 (off 3), and Paul Brunner 1/2 off just four balls.
The Southern District Devils won the toss against Gympie Colts at Lyle Vidler Oval and batted first.
The Devils were bowled out for 102 in the 22nd over.
Hayden Wieck top-scored with 38, followed by opener Matthew Patroni with 14.
Gympie bowler Sam Lang demolished the home side, taking 6/10 off six overs.
In reply, Colts made the target for the loss of just one wicket.
Dean Walker top-scored with 67 not out.
Following the washout of Round 2, a full round of B Grade cricket games were played in the South Burnett at the weekend.
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Nanango Scorpions defeated Wondai by four wickets in a high-scoring game at Nanango Sportsground on Saturday.
Wondai won the toss and batted first.
They were all out for 228 in the 36th over, with Robert Robarts top-scoring with 116.
Brett Burrows was the best of the Nanango bowlers, taking 3/18, including the all-important wicket of Robarts.
In reply, Nanango passed the target in the 35th over for the loss of six wickets.
Stephen Kirkland top-scored for the Scorpions, finishing 89 not out.
At Taabinga State School Oval, Kingaroy Services won the toss and chose to bat against Cherbourg – a decision they may later have regretted.
Kingaroy were all out for 49 in the 18th over.
Barry Fisher Snr did the damage, taking six wickets for just 12 runs off 4.4 overs.
In reply, Cherbourg made 5/68 in the 10th over.
Brendan McCarthy top-scored with 28 not out.
Murgon District proved too strong for the Timbertowners in their match played at Blackbutt.
Murgon won the toss and batted first.
They were all out for 238 in the 38th over.
Jon Kapernick was best with the bat for Murgon, top-scoring with 72.
Shane Argent took 2/17 off five overs for Blackbutt.
In reply, Blackbutt were all out for 161 in the 23rd over.
Zac Ennis top-scored for the Timbertowners with 60.
Ryan Sommerfeld took 4/30 off seven overs.
In a close game played in Kingaroy, Kumbia Rattlers proved too good in the end against the Kallindale Warriors, who ran out of time in their chase.
Kumbia won the toss and elected to bat, finishing all out for 254 in the 35th over.
Opener Bevan Fawcett anchored the Rattlers, hitting a century and finishing with 113 after being supported at the crease by Clayton Crawford (32) and Shane Laherty (29).
Dane Bloomfield was the best of the Warriors’ bowlers, taking 5/58 off eight overs.
In reply, Warriors were 4/239 at the end of their 40 overs.
Opener Jeffrey Rose also finished with a century, 112 not out.
Geoff Edwards was the best of the Kumbia bowlers, taking 1/34 off four overs.
Kumbia won by 15 runs.