By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
MATCH-WINNING efforts from Yaralla skipper Chris Stitt and The Glen all-rounder Ron Craig were the highlights of the last round of Gladstone A grade cricket before Christmas.
Stitt led the way scoring 88 as his team defeated BITS while Craig in his first game of the season picked up three wickets and then made a classy 21 not out as The Glen got over the line against Calliope.
Last week's rain reduced both games to just 35 overs and there was plenty of action.
At Clinton Park, Yaralla won the toss and batted first.
The loss of opener Grant Webster (1) gave BITS some ear- ly impetus, but Yaralla slowly gained control as Rob Johnson, Troy Webster and Stitt stamped their mark on the game.
Stitt made a typically hard- hitting 88, while opener John- son showed good touch in 48 and Webster made 25 as Yaralla ended at 6/194.
Ritchie Thompson was BITS' best bowler ending with figures of 3/18 off just three overs. Needing over five and a half runs an over, BITS had a poor start losing Scott Toms for two.
Dan Gelder (22) and Mick O'Brien (26) steadied the ship, but Jay Stevens gave Yaralla the ascendancy.
He dismissed Gelder, O'Bri- en, Lucas Hall and Wayne Pe- ters on the way to an impressive 4/39.
BITS captain Jaysen Chilcott (37 not out) and Ritchie Thomp- son (26) provided some late fire- works, but it was to no avail as they finished at 7/166.
At Bunting Park, it was a low-scoring encounter as The Glen took the points. Batting first, a combination of good bowling and poor bat- ting had Calliope all out for 90.
Nathan Rabnott with 37 was the only batsman to get going as The Glen benefited from Ron Craig's return.
He picked up 3/29, while the Jefferis brothers, Jason (3/11) and David (2/21) bowled well.
In reply, The Glen were in big trouble at 3/13 and 6/42, but Wayne Barnsley and Ron Craig stopped the Calliope charge.