The victorious Nanango Scorpions team with the South Burnett B Grade trophy (Photo digitally altered)
Renee Irvine took two wickets for Murgon

March 22, 2021

Murgon Diggers finished on top of the South Burnett ladder after a strong season but were pipped at the post by Nanango Scorpions in a tight Grand Final game played at Wondai Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Rain which had been hanging around all morning stopped just in time for the game to start on schedule but later returned, cutting the planned 40-over match back to 32.

Murgon won the toss and sent Nanango in to bat.

Murgon’s Jamian Currin (5/22) cut through Nanango’s early order until Michael Marriott came to the crease at number six.

Marriott cut loose, hitting 79 runs – including five fours and five sixes – off just 46 balls before he was finally bowled by Renee Irvine (2/14).

Nanango were all out for 154 in the 32nd over.

Dan O’Connor (16) and Reg Wenham (14) added valuable runs to the Scorpions’ total.

In reply, Murgon were bowled out by Nanango in the 28th over for 132.

Andy Roderick (46) and Nathan Roderick (28) were Murgon’s top scorers.

Angus O’Brien (2/10 off two overs) and Stephen Kirkland (2/23 off five overs) were the best of the Nanango bowlers.

Nanango won by 22 runs.

Murgon Diggers have enjoyed a strong South Burnett season but were narrowly defeated in the Grand Final
Before the Grand Final began, Murgon Cricket Club were presented with the trophies for winning the Stage 3 competition and the earlier South Burnett T20 competition … from left, Nathan Roderick, Andrew Roderick, Jonathan Kapernick and Ashley Louis
Nanango opener Joe Steinhardt was caught behind by Murgon keeper Andrew Roderick off a Renee Irvine ball

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South Burnett Senior Competition Trophies

  • 40 Over Premiers – Nanango
  • T20 Premiers – Murgon
  • Player of the Year – Luke Peters
  • Bowling Average – Nic Scherger (28 wickets)
  • Bowling Average – Nathan Roderick (12.45)
  • Best Bowling – Luke Peters (6/31)
  • Batting Aggregate – Luke Peters (547 runs)
  • Batting Average – Dan O’Connor (43.17)
  • Best Batting – Chris Heness – 136

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Gympie A Grade Competition

The final of the Gympie A Grade two-day competition – between Gympie Colts and Murgon Crusaders – began at the weekend in Gympie.

Saturday was washed out; on Sunday, Colts were 8/77 after 61 overs.

The match is due to be completed next Saturday (March 27).


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