Championship hopes rest on under-21 side
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
GLADSTONE'S hopes of a Central Queensland Cricket Championships title now rests with its under-21 side following yesterday's rain-affected encounters against Rockhampton in Gladstone.
Both representative fixtures were decided on run rates with Gladstone's open side not matching that of Rockhampton when rain brought an early halt to play.
However, Gladstone's under-21s, who were well in control of their match, enjoyed greater fortune, winning by nine runs on run rate ? a margin which did not reflect their dominance.
Batting first, Gladstone under-21s posted a formidable total of 5-201 off its allotted 46 overs.
Opener Brett Rogers was the rock of Gladstone's top order, scoring 52 to see his side to a handsome total after having struggled to 2-12 off six overs.
Rogers and Michael Gosschalk (21) added 45 runs for the third wicket to steady the ship before Rogers and skipper Dan Williams then plundered 103 runs for the fourth wicket.
Rockhampton were let down by poor fielding with Williams being dropped an incredible nine times on his way to 61 which included two sixes. Peter Ferguson contributed a handy unbeaten 22 to keep the runs flowing.
Andrew Hill (2-31) and David Goltz (2-33) were the best of Rockhampton's attack which gave away 26 wides, including 13 from Kyle Moffatt (1-35).
In reply, Rockhampton were cruising at 1-58 before Gosschalk was introduced to Gladstone's attack in the 15th over.
Gosschalk removed John Miles (27) with his second delivery and finished the over with successive wickets to be on a hat-trick and boast the figures of 3-1.
The hat-trick eluded Gosschalk in a wayward second over in which he sent down six wides but he still finished with 4-13 as Rockhampton stumbled to 6-80 before the rain fell.
In the other under-21 encounter in Biloela, Central Highlands reached 6137 to pass Callide/Dawson's total of 136.