Not even a wagging tail could get Gladstone up

A FIGHTING effort by the tailenders wasn't enough to get a disappointing Gladstone side home in its Central Queensland Cricket Championships clash with Callide/Dawson at Biloela yesterday.

Chasing 162 runs to win the 40over encounter, Gladstone finished eight runs short, bundled out for 154 with seven deliveries remaining.

Although weakened by the absence of Country North representatives Nathan Rabnott, Liam Kirk and Lucas Hall, Gladstone were still expected to be too strong for Callide/Dawson but a middle order collapse left the tail with too much work to do.

Allrounder Mick Kiriazis followed up a tidy spell with the ball to top-score for Gladstone with 39 but he was one of only two batsmen to pass 20.

At one stage travelling comfortably at 1-53 off 15 overs, Gladstone lost opener Rob Johnson (24) and No.4 Dan Williams (0) without further addition, quickly changing the complexion of the game.

Kiriazis and No.10 Scott Tippet added 20 runs for the ninth wicket to keep their side in the hunt but when Tippet had his stumps rearranged by Callide/Dawson allrounder Scott Burnett, the Gladstone side had fallen short.

Burnett was rewarded with figures of 3-22 while Joe Brennan (3-25) and Ross Clancy (2-26) also bowled well for the home side.

Earlier, handy knocks by Burnett (28), Shane McCrohan (32) and C. Boon (23 not out) enabled Callide/Dawson to reach a defendable total.

Jay Stevens snared 3-46 to be Gladstone's major wicket-taker while Webster (2-27) and Tippet (2-30) also enjoyed some success.

Under 21s cruise to victory

FINDING success where their open counterparts failed, Gladstone cruised to a comfortable 113-run victory in its Central Queensland Cricket Championships under-21 clash against Callide/Dawson in Biloela yesterday.

Batting first, Gladstone posted a formidable 5-196 off its 40 overs before taking just 28.5 overs to bundle out their opponents out for a paltry 83.

Anthony Williams was Gladstone's star with the bat, belting an unbeaten 55 to ensure his side had a reasonable total to defend after initially struggling to 4-46 in the 17th over.

Williams added 83 runs in quick time for the fifth wicket with his skipper and senior age player Andrew Manttan (36) before advancing the score a further 67 runs during the final 11 overs with Rowan Murray (34 not out).

Murray then backed up to capture the first two Callide/Dawson wickets to fall, both coming in his fifth over to start the home side's slump.

His new ball partner Josh Walters bowled economically to finish with 0-14 off eight overs while Williams (2-10) and Matt Lanzon (2-20) kept the pressure on Callide/Dawson's middle order.

Chris Zielke quickly mopped up opposition tail to claim the handsome figures of 3-15.

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