Skipper Chilcott puts BITS in pole position

A MAJESTIC 73 from skipper Jaysen Chilcott has put BITS in pole position after day one of their Gladstone Cricket A grade clash against Calliope at Bunting Park on Saturday.

Chilcott's innings provided the backbone of the Islanders impressive first innings total of 259.

But they will have to defend it against a Calliope line-up who finished on 0/26 when stumps were drawn.

After winning the toss, BITS got off to only a fair start and were soon 3/46 as Calliope opening bowlers Scott Tippet and Danny Williams asserted their dominance.

Young left-hander Dan Gelder was joined by Chilcott at the fall of the third wicket and set about posting a good score. The two put on 58 to take the score to 104 before Gelder fel l to Cory Matthews for 34.

Scott Toms joined Chilcott and the pair shared a fine 96 -run stand.

But to their credit Calliope never gave in and Chilcott's wicket triggered a stunning turnaround.

BITS lost their next four wickets for just five runs with the unlucky Toms falling for a heartbreaking 49. At 9/205 it looked as though Calliope had produced a major turnaround, but BITS weren't done with yet.

Number 10 Brad Webber and number 11 Steve Austin somehow produced a 54-run last wicket stand.

Webber in his first game back for the club hit a priceless 31 before being run-out, while Austin remained 16 not out.

Paceman Williams was the star of the show for Calliope with the ball, picking up the new season's first five-wicket haul.

His figures read 5/62 off 12 overs, while vice-captain and new ball partner Tippet claimed a deserved 3/35 off his 12 overs.

Needing to survive seven overs before stumps, the two Calliope openers Ken Wogandt and Peter Ferguson did just that.

They held out a keen BITS opening foray with attacking style. In fact, the two took 11 runs off the day's final over to be right in the mix on what will be a interesting day two next Saturday.

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