Hall in fine allround form
A SUPERB allround perfor-mance from Lucas Hall and another solid knock from Brett Rogers steered Gladstone to victory in yesterday's Central Queensland Cricket Championships under-21 final against Rockhampton.
Hall destroyed the home side at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds, capturing 5-11 off 6.1 overs of accurate inswing bowling as Rockhampton lost its last seven wickets for just 19 runs to be fired out for a modest total of 139.
Hall received good support with the ball, opening bowler Rowan Murray keeping runs to a minimum by capturing 1-9 off seven overs while skipper Daniel Williams led from the front, claiming 2-22 off 10.
Josh Walters (1-14) and An-thony Williams (1-25) were Gladstone's other wickettakers.
Opener Keith Brownlow (34) was the only Rockhampton batsman to pass 20.
In reply, Gladstone got off to a steady start with Rogers (49) and Kelly Searston (12) pushing the score along to 33 before the latter was beaten by an Andrew Flamank delivery.
Michael Gosschalk (0) fell two runs later and when Mitch Ryan departed for eight, Gladstone were struggling at 3-50.
Rogers and Hall proved up to the challenge, teaming up to add 59 runs for the fourth wicket before Brendan Ridgely knocked over Hall's stumps.
Rogers looked likely to bat through the innings, before falling just short with the score on 138.
That left Liam Kirk (19no) and Murray (2no) to see the visitors safely home and maintain Gladstone's unbeaten run in the process.