BITS win back-to-back reserve grade titles

BITS earned back-to-back Gladstone Cricket reserve grade titles with a convincing 89-run victory over a Yaralla at Clinton No.2 yesterday.

The Islanders' disciplined bowling attack was the key to their success, knocking over Yaralla for a meagre 82 after making a sound 9-171 after winning the toss.

Anthony Williams and Scott Pitt were the destroyers, taking four wickets apiece in the premiership victory.

Earlier, the much-vaunted BITS top-order ensured their bowlers would have a total to bowl at.

Mick O'Brien top-scored with a well-made 39, while the two Steves, Oliver (38) and White (28), also played key roles.

Cameron Ohl was Yaralla's star with the ball, taking 4-22 off his 10 overs, while Darren Quinlan again featured in the wickets, with 3-32.

Yaralla's reply never looked likely after the loss of key opening pair Ken Grant and Bill Jones early on.

Only Grant and Anthony Miedecke (10 apiece) made double-figures as Williams, Pitt and O'Brien ran rampant.

Left-armer Williams earned the honours, taking 416, while off-spinner Pitt (4-24) and O'Brien (3-13) feasted on the roasted Yaralla batting line-up.

Williams was named man of the match.

Yaralla had qualified for the decider after a convincing five-wicket preliminary final win over The Glen at Clinton 2 on Saturday.

Ken Grant was the hero taking 6-18 and top-scoring with 67 not out to earn his team a grand final spot.

Glen rips through Yaralla to take B Grade title

FIVE wickets from spearhead Anthony Claridge secured The Glen Black a Gladstone Cricket B grade premiership title over Yaralla at Palm Drive 3 yesterday.

Claridge ripped the heart out of the Yaralla batting order, taking 5-30 as the Yaralla boys were skittled inside 23 overs for just 65.

Claridge was assisted by his partner-in-crime Darran Schultz who finished with three wickets of his own. Shaun Retchford chipped in on the party, taking 2-11 in just two overs.

Batting first, The Glen Black were always going to tough to beat after scoring an imposing 8-215 off 50 overs.

Number eight Neil Watson picked a great time to make a fine 47, while Shaun Retchford (29), Jason Burns (24) and Scott Claridge (22) batted well.

The Glen Black were assisted by a wayward Yaralla attack, which conceded 24 wides out of 31 extras.

Even so, Trent Ibbotson (2-40) and Ambrose Quinn (1-19) bowled well, while skipper Col Sandland chipped in with 2-48. Yaralla never got going in their reply and only had three batsmen ? opener Andrew Bianchi (13), Trent Ibbotson (12) and Damien McAllister (11no) who made double figures.

Yaralla had in fact got into the decider riding on the back of a superb batting display by Bianchi (83no) and Ian Wogandt (79no) in Saturday's 10-wicket semi-final victory over Calliope Blue.

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