Roosters crow for upset 27-run win
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
YOU could hear the Roosters crowing all the way home after Calliope scored an upset 27-run win over The Glen in a gripping Gladstone Cricket A grade clash at Sun Valley on Saturday.
Chasing 174 for victory, The Glen were cut short of the target by the dynamic bowling duo of Scott Tippet and Dan Williams who picked up four wickets apiece.
That left the stout heroics from elegant right-hand bat Aaron Bachmann, who scored a fine 64 which included five fours, in vain.
Resuming at 2-23, it wasn't long before the defending premiers were 7-75 as Tippet and Williams ran rampant.
Of the top order batsmen, only Liam Kirk, the man with the best batting average in A grade this season stood firm, scoring 25.
First slip Cory Matthews also played his part, backing up the fine bowling with four superb catches.
In fact, Calliope's fielding was a feature of their performance, with Matthews' fabulous four and a Williams screamer crucial to their success.
Bachmann and Jason Jefferis came together and put together a 50-run partnership to give The Glen a hope. But the loss of Jefferis (10) on 125, soon followed by Michael Gosschalk and eventually Bachmann ensured Calliope a second victory over The Glen at Sun Valley this season.
Williams (4-35) just edged out his opening partner Tippet (446) for the best figures on the day.
Calliope were also wellserved by Doug Johnson, whose five over spell of 2-20 proved critical to victory.
There was enough time for Calliope to bat again, finishing their second innings at 5-77.
Williams enjoyed another stint at the crease, scoring a breezy 26, while Lance Mazzer (2-22) was The Glen's best with the ball.