Calliope take points in draw
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THE SCORES may have been level, but it was Calliope who got the victory against BITS in a Gladstone Cricket A grade thriller played at BITS Oval on Saturday.
Chasing the Roosters total of 7-125, BITS needed just three off Matt Lanzon's final over to win, but number 11 Kris Hadley scored just two, resulting in the scores finishing level.
Under Gladstone Cricket rules, the team that loses the least amount of wickets is the winner ? so Calliope got the cash in their final game of the year.
But BITS could be well pleased with their young side showing a lot of fight under skipper Lucas Hall who almost earned his team a victory.
His fine 43 was the mainstay of the Islanders' reply, but his run out off the last ball of the penultimate over set up a great finish.
Hadley, who had scored just nine runs in A grade this season faced the tough ask of getting BITS over the line.
He missed the first three balls of the over and skied the fourth to Mark Marsh at mid-on.
But Marsh dropped the catch and the batsmen scampered through for two.
Having dodged that bullet, Hadley had the chance to be a hero, but was stumped by stand-in keeper Cory Matthews with the scores level.
Earlier, Lanzon continued to add to his A grade reputation, finishing as the Roosters topscorer with 29.
Marsh relished his return to the A grade ranks, scoring a valuable 21 not out, while Dan Williams (20) produced a nice cameo.
Leggie Dan Gelder was the best of the BITS bowlers, taking 3-39, while Anthony Williams took two wickets.
The Roosters' potent opening bowling duo Williams and Scott Tippet took two wickets each as BITS slumped to 5-49 in their reply . Skipper Hall (43) and Vaughn McDonald (20) got their innings back on track with a 37-run stand, but a four-wicket haul from Josh Walters put Calliope back in control at 8-90.
But Hall and Brazendale didn't give in, putting on 33 to set up the exciting final over finish.
It is just a shame the teams didn't share the points after a great afternoon of cricket.