March 10, 2023
Murgon overpowered Tingoora Vikings on Saturday to earn a spot in the South Burnett Senior Cricket Grand Final, but it was the Minor Semi-Final – played in Kingaroy – which had spectators on the edge of their seats.
In the sudden-death game, played at Lyle Vidler Oval, Wooroolin Warriors ended Nanango Purple’s chances of glory by just six runs in the last over of play.
Warriors will now play Tingoora Vikings in the Preliminary Final this weekend to determine the second Grand Final spot.
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Nanango Purple – packed with some of the region’s best young cricketers – required just seven runs off the last over for a victory against the more favoured Wooroolin Warriors but fell just short in a nail-biting finish to the Minor Semi-Final.
Nanango won the toss and sent Warriors into bat.
Wooroolin were all out for 128 in the 40th over.
Roger Hoare top-scored with 25 runs, although most of the batters also made a good start.
Lawson Black (3/23 off 7.4 overs), Thomas Town (2/15 off eight) and Lachlan Cullen (2/17 off five) were the pick of the Nanango bowlers.
In reply, Nanango were 122 when the final wicket fell in the last over.
Nanango’s hopes had been lifted when Dan O’Connor took the crease, carefully carving out 13 important runs while his partners fell at the other end.
Sadly for Scorpions’ fans, O’Connor was bowled out by Paul Figg when the score was 112.
A boundary by Jayden Prendergast briefly lifted Nanango’s hopes again, but Paul Clegg dashed them in the last over with a well-positioned ball that bowled Andrew Black for a duck.
Openers Lawson Black (22), Lachlan Cullen (24) and Thomas Town (13) were Nanango’s top scorers.
Paul Figg (3/30 off eight overs), John Schultz (2/11 off eight) and Noah Birch (1/2 off one) were the pick of the Wooroolin bowlers.
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Murgon’s bowlers outgunned Vikings in the South Burnett Major Semi-Final played at Tingoora’s home ground on Saturday.
Murgon won the toss and batted first, and were 5/225 at the end of their 40 overs.
Adam Kratzmann almost made a century, finishing not out 99.
Opening bat Jonathon Kapernick (52) and Dylan Kapernick (23) added to Murgon’s total.
Keegan Wright (3/36 off eight overs) and Brad Moore (1/14) finished with the best bowling figures for Tingoora.
But in reply, Vikings were all out for just 70 in the 35th over.
The two openers, Trevor Hansen (22) and Jeffrey Rose (17) were the only batters to make it into double figures.
Murgon’s Byron Kratzmann finished with the incredible bowling figures of 3/1 off five balls.
Adrian Webster took 4/13 off eight overs, including one maiden; while Jamian Currin finished with 3/14 off six overs including three maidens.
Murgon is now through to the Grand Final which will be played on March 18, while Tingoora have one more chance, facing Wooroolin Warriors this Saturday.
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SBCA Junior Cricket
- Stage 1 – Nanango (3/74) def. Kingaroy Little Butchers (5/69)
Kingaroy innings: Darby (23), Jack (9); Zac (1/3) and Toby (1/1)
Nanango innings: Julian (20), Xander (12); Bianca (1/1) and Harry (1/5)
- Stage 2 – Kingaroy Wamuran Timbers (10/98) def. Nanango (9/75) by 23 runs
Kingaroy innings: Hudson Murphy (14 not out), Davik Patel (17 not out); Tiffany Cook (4/11) and Codi Green (2/13)
Nanango innings: Adisyn Martin (11), Caleb Schipanski (4 not out); Mason Fuller-Sandys (1/3) and Zaleb Cull (1/7)
- Stage 3 – Kingaroy (3/177) def. Nanango (7/138) by 39 runs
Kingaroy innings: James Searle (51 not out), Joseph Carney (28 not out); Slater Green (1/22) and Elliott Black (1/41)
Nanango innings: Jayden Prendergast (19), Joshua Kilpatrick (18); Hayden Donohue (2/21) and Joseph Carney (2/34)
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Junior Rep Cricket
Bundaberg was too strong for the South Burnett in the Under 16 Final of the Wide Bay Intercity Challenge played at Salter Oval in Bundaberg on Sunday.
South Burnett won the toss and batted first but only the middle order batters made a dent on the scoreboard.
The visitors were all out for 113 in the 42nd over.
Joshua Fearby (24), Lachlan Cullen (20) and Thomas Town (18) were the top scorers.
In reply, Bundaberg (4/115) overtook the target in the 29th over.
Jackson Kerkow (2/15 off 1.2 overs), Lawson Black (1/30 off five) and Thomas Town (1/14 off seven) finished with strong bowling figures for the South Burnett.
Bundaberg may have claimed a six-wicket victory but the South Burnett U16s did very well to earn a spot in the final after six rounds of the four-way competition.
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Gympie A Grade Competition
Day 1 of Round 5 of the Gympie Two-Day competition was played on Saturday at Jack Ison Oval in Gympie.
Wooroolin Warriors won the toss and sent Gympie Colts into bat.
At stumps, Colts were all out for 75 and Wooroolin Warriors were 7/162.
Luke Smith (3/5 off four overs) finished with the best bowling figures for Wooroolin.
Warriors’ opener hit Chris Curtis hit a quickfire 70 runs, including ten 4s and two 6s before getting out stumped.
Kieran Askin was not out 36.
Day 2 of the final round of the Two-Day competition will be played this Saturday.
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This Weekend’s Games
The Grand Finals of the SBCA Junior competition will be played at Lyle Vidler Oval on Saturday:
- 8:00am – Stage 3 – Kingaroy v Nanango
- 4:00pm – Stage 1 – Kingaroy Little Butchers v Nanango
- 6:00pm – Stage 2 – Kingaroy Wamuran Timbers v Kingaroy Pineview Westlink
The Preliminary Final of the SBCA Senior competition will be played at Tingoora Sportsground from 12:30pm.
- Tingoora Vikings v Wooroolin Warriors
The winner will face Murgon in the Grand Final next weekend.
UPDATE March 11: The Preliminary Final between Tingoora and Warriors has been washed out. Tingoora will advance to the Grand final as it is the higher placed team.