Hall displays a cool well beyond his years

GLADSTONE'S Lucas Hall showed a cool head beyond his years to steer the open side to victory in their Central Queensland Cricket Championships clash with Central Highlands in Emerald yesterday.

Hall produced the highest score of the match, an unbeaten 60, as Gladstone passed their opponent's total of 8-218 with just three balls to spare, eventually reaching 8-228 off its 50 overs.

The BITS all-rounder's knock will give Gladstone selectors food for the thought as he is eligible for the Gladstone under21 side which qualified in first spot for next month's final in Rockhampton.

Hall also snared 2-33 with the ball, sharing the wicket-taking honours with paceman Jay Stevens (2-52).

Gladstone skipper Troy Webster followed up his economical spell in club cricket on Saturday with more of the same yesterday, conceding just eight runs off eight overs and dismissing Highlands opener Michael Hawkins.

Hawkins' opening partner Kim Williams and No.4 Shaun Richardson topscored for Central Highlands, each scoring 39 while Alan Dhatt posted an unbeaten 31 to ensure Gladstone were set a challenging run chase.

The task was made more difficult bythe early loss of Gladstone openers Ken Wogandt (0) and Rob Johnson (13). However, late inclusion Grant Webster (32) and Liam Kirk (15) helped Hall keep the innings steady at the top before intelligent lower-order batting from David Jefferis (26) and Heath Courtney (36) helped Hall get Gladstone home.

Shaun Richardson was the most successful of Central Highlands' bowlers, snaring 3-49 off nine overs while Aaron Grimshaw finished with 2-30 off eight.

Rockhampton sewed up the top spot when defeating Callide/Dawson, the team they will meet in next month's final, by 49 runs in Rockhampton yesterday.

Batting first, Rockhampton reached 207 off 48.3 overs with Jason Batchelor top-scoring with 52 and Brendan Dunbar contributing 45. Dillon West (4-17) was Callide/Dawson's best with the ball.

In reply, the visitors were bundled out for 158 off 42 overs with Scott Stevens scoring 58. Scott Mansfield was the destroyer for Rockhampton, claiming 3-13 off 10 overs.

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