Hall?s 52 lifts BITS to second on ladder

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A MAJESTIC 50 from BITS left-hander Lucas Hall laid the foundation for the Boyne Islanders' tight Gladstone Cricket A grade win over Calliope at BITS Oval on Saturday.

Hall's 52 was the difference as BITS passed Calliope's first innings total of 146 with seven wickets down. It was a big win for last year's wooden spooners who now sit in second spot on the A grade ladder.

But they were made to work for their win as Calliope bowled well throughout with great discipline.

BITS batted in a careful manner, making 178 runs in 77 overs to finish 9/193 at stumps in reply to Calliope's total of 146.

Resuming at 1/15, BITS were in early trouble when Cory Matthews knocked over Kris Hadley and Mick O'Brien in quick succession.

Opener Daniel Gelder and Hall steadied the ship, but when Gelder fell to paceman Danny Williams for 23 the game in the balance at 4/53.

Skipper Jaysen Chilcott joined Hall at the wicket and together the pair put on 51 for the fifth wicket until Chilcott was run out for 28.

Scott Toms chipped in with 13 to ease the BITS nerves and with Hall by his side, the pair took BITS over the line. BITS tailenders Ritchie Thompson and Steve Austin enjoyed a relaxed hit and took the Islanders up to 9/193.

BROTHERS recorded just their second victory of the Gladstone Cricket A grade season on Saturday, defeating premiership frontrunners Yaralla on first innings at Clinton Oval No.1.

Defending a modest total of 119, Brothers blasted Yaralla out for 97 to add a second triumph to its one-day victory over BITS in November.

Resuming at 4-25, Yaralla appeared headed towards victory when skipper Troy Webster (38) and Matt Morrison (25) carried the score to 75 without further loss before Brothers' first day hero Mick Kiriazis struck.Having picked up three of the four wickets to fall the previous weekend, Kiriazis snared his fourth when Morrison edged to Pat Laws at second slip.

Webster was joined by his brother Grant and the pair advanced the score to 92 before the latter's departure for six, after holing out to Laws at short midwicket off legspinner George Kiss an action which triggered a dramatic collapse.

Troy Webster and Kent Whitehouse (nought) both fell without addition to the score while youngsters Michael Slatter (one) and Kane Jarvis (nought) were both bundled out with the score on 97 ? 22 runs short of Brothers' total.

Kiss ripped through the lower order to snare 4-13 off seven overs, Kiriazis was rewarded with the fine figures of 4-44 of 17, while Brendon Manttan claimed 2-2 off six, capturing the key wickets of Chris Stitt (five) and Troy Webster.

Both Kiss and Manttan were on hat-tricks during the course of the innings while wicketkeeper Josh Worley claimed three catches and a stumping.

Batting a second time, Brothers reached 9-167 before captain Darell Hopf declared with the scheduled close of play drawing near.

Brothers' top order was solid with openers Mick Kiriazis (17) and Geoff Frost (23) adding 41 for the first wicket and Andrew McKay (25), Kiss (24) and Manttan (47) all batting well.

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