A very happy Murgon Diggers team and officials celebrate after Saturday’s Grand Final victory

March 14, 2024

Murgon Diggers caused an upset in the Grand Final of the South Burnett Senior Cricket competition on Saturday, downing favourites Tingoora Vikings in a nail-biting finish.

Vikings had sailed through the season unbeaten and had comprehensively beaten Diggers just two weeks earlier in the major semi-final.

Murgon then had to take the long path into the Grand Final by defeating Wooroolin Warriors last weekend.

As an added problem for Diggers, the Grand Final was being played at Tingoora’s home ground, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters.

Murgon won the toss and batted first.

Openers Ash Louis (80) and Matt Steinhardt (36) got the visitors off strongly however the rest of the team also pulled their weight; five more batters also made it into double figures.

Diggers were eventually all out for 254 at the end of the 37th over.

Scott Butters (4/19) took the key wicket of Louis while Keegan Wright (2/53) also tested Murgon at times.

In reply, Tingoora opener Edwin Simpson (43) began dangerously, hitting eight boundaries before being run out.

However, good bowling and fielding by Murgon slowed the run rate as the game progressed.

Bede Stapleton was best with the bat, hitting 77 runs, including 13 fours and 2 sixes on the small Tingoora field.

With a handful of overs left, it was mathematically possible for Vikings to overhaul Murgon’s target but bowlers Andrew Roderick (2/17), Jaden Heness (2/30) and Charlie Sippel (2/43) put paid to the home crowd’s hopes.

Scott Butters did his best when he came to the crease, hitting two boundaries but Tinny ran out of overs, falling short at 7/221.

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Gallery Of Photos

Vikings’ Scott Butters took the first key wicket of the Murgon innings, clean bowling opener Ashley Louis
Murgon opener Matt Steinhardt hit 36 runs off 38 balls …
…. before being trapped LBW off a ball by Keegan Wright
Tingoora celebrates after Jaden Heness’ wicket fell with the scoreboard at 2/154
Trevor Litzow added 13 runs to the Murgon tally
Charlie Sippel was caught out after just 10 runs but he had his revenge in the Tingoora innings
Jaden Heness broke through for Murgon, taking the valuable wickets of Bede Stapleton and Brendan Ferguson
Vikings’ top-scorer Stapleton was trapped LBW after getting himself caught up trying to deal with a Heness delivery
Vikings’ opening bat Edwin Simpson hit eight boundaries …
… before he was run out, much to the delight of the Diggers’ fielders
Vikings’ Brendan Ferguson started strongly, hitting back-to-back fours
Tavis Hartwig also hit two boundaries …
… before he was caught and bowled by Andrew Roderick who took a sharp catch
Andrew Roderick in full flight for Diggers … he took two key wickets late in the Tingoora innings
Vikings’ Keegan Wright is bowled by Roderick for 14 runs
Jeremy Zaccardi was the last Vikings’ wicket to fall
Scott Butters batted bravely for Vikings at the death knell, hitting 18 runs off 18 balls – including two boundaries – but ran out of overs

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Grand Final Scoreboard


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