Open side loses chance to defend its CQ flag

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE Gladstone open represen- tative side's loss to Rockhamp- ton at Clinton Oval No.1 has ef- fectively ended their chances of defending their Central Queensland Cricket Champi- onships flag.

Gladstone's loss left them re- lying on Central Highlands de- feating Callide/Dawson in Bi- loela yesterday but the home side comfortably reached 6-156 in reply to the former's 151.

In an already rain-short- ened match, Rockhampton de- fied some accurate Gladstone bowling to post a respectable 8- 186 off its 45 overs.

A majority of Rockhamp- ton's batsmen struggled but a defiant 36 from opener Todd Wells and some middle order fireworks from Clay Crouch (57 off 70 balls) ensured Glad- stone's bowlers did not com- pletely dominate proceedings.

Some handy late runs from Allan Ryder (29) also helped the visitors' cause.

Rangy paceman Mick Kiria- zis was the most successful of Gladstone's bowlers, snaring 3-35 while his new ball partner Scott Tippet picked up 2-31 and Brad Webber bagged 2-30.

Gladstone began their run chase promisingly enough, openers Ken Wogandt (13) and Rob Johnson (7) pushing the score to 27 before Wogandt fell in the ninth over.

His departure brought on a rush of wickets as Gladstone slumped to 4-45 in the 19th over before Nathan Rabnott (18no) and skipper Troy Webster (6no) stopped the rot.

The pair could not suffi- ciently lift the run rate before the rain fell with the score at 4- 72 in the 27th over, denying their side the chance to push for victory.

Ryder backed up his contri- bution with the bat to claim 3- 14 with the ball for Rock- hampton.



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