Stitt falls short of double ton in victory
YARALLA skipper Chris Stitt's push for a double century proved an anti-climax but his side still managed a comfortable Gladstone Cricket A grade victory over Calliope at Yaralla Oval on Saturday.
Resuming at 197, Stitt added just one run to his total before falling in the third over of the day, holing out to Mick Marsh on the square leg boundary off Dan Williams.
The shot brought him plenty of runs the previous weekend and he again connected with the middle of the bat on his last attempt but almost hit it directly to the waiting Marsh.
There was better news for Jay Stevens, Stitt's partner at the resumption, who added the five runs needed to bring up his first half century of the season.
He went on to reach 67, looking set to make more before getting a fine edge to Calliope wicketkeeper Ken Wogandt attempting to hook paceman Scott Tippet.
Tippet, who began the day with figures of 2-69, captured 211 from his eight overs on Saturday to finish with 4-80. Williams' dismissal of Stitt gave him five wickets for the innings, being rewarded with 5-107 off 25 overs.
Having a good time rather than hanging around a long time in their final innings, Calliope started in brisk fashion, reaching 41 before Dion Porteous fell for 11 in the 11th over.
His dismissal triggered a steady flow of wickets as Yaralla medium-pacer Troy Webster ripped through the innings to snare 7-37 off 13.2 overs.
A measure of Webster's accuracy was that four of his victims were bowled and another trapped in front LBW.
Yaralla batted out the final four overs of the day to reach 022 in their second dig.