Cricket competition resumes

YARALLA'S dominance of the Gladstone Cricket A grade premiership is reflected in the competition's list of leading batsmen and bowlers at the midway point of the 2004/05 season.

With the competition to resume tomorrow, Yaralla boasts the highest run-scorer in Troy Webster, who also heads the averages while team-mate Jay Stevens leads the bowling averages among those with more than 10 wickets.

The introduction of a bye, rain and representative fixtures have combined to restrict the amount of time Gladstone teams have spent on the field this season, resulting in a general dearth of runs and wickets with the exception of a few strong performers.

Webster, who will captain the Gladstone open side against home side Rockhampton on Sunday, has only failed to reach 50 once in five stints at the crease.

He has racked up 336 runs at an average of 67.2 with a highest score of 108 in the season opener against BITS to top the run tally ahead of his club captain Chris Stitt who has 323 runs at 64.6, including a knock of 115 against Calliope.

Also sharing in the run-feast for Yaralla is opening batsman Rob Johnson who has 209 runs at an average of 41.8, including a solid 79 against Brothers.

Others to enjoy success with the bat in the first half of the season were Brothers' Pat Laws (183 runs at 45.75), BITS' Jaysen Chilcott (161 at 40.25) and The Glen's Wayne Barnsley (160 at 40).

Newcomer Stevens has been a revelation for Yaralla, grabbing 13 wickets in just four innings at an average of 9.53, capturing 4-39 against Calliope and returning the same figures in his last outing against BITS in the process.

However, it is allrounder Garry Eddy with his left-arm finger spin who heads the bowling aggregate, having captured 15 wickets at an average of 16, including a haul of 4-46 against BITS.

The Glen legspinner Bruce Elms was also a chief strike weapon for his side prior to the Christmas break, capturing 12 wickets at 13.41 including a best return of 5-64, again against BITS.

BITS' Ritchie Thompson leads the averages among bowlers with more than five wickets, his eight victims coming at the cost of just 56 runs or seven apiece.

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