The Glen crumbles despite a good start
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE Glen failed to capitalise on an excellent start, crumbling to be all out for 185 in its Gladstone Cricket A grade tussle with Brothers at Sun Valley Oval on Saturday.
The Glen were seemingly cruising to a big first innings score and a certain spot in this month's final when openers Jason Seng and Aaron Bachmann took the score past the century mark without the loss of a wicket.
However, the introduction of veteran Dave Lewis to the Brothers attack dramatically altered the state of the match. With just his fourth delivery he dismissed Seng for a wellcompiled 70 with the score on 117.
Two deliveries later he sent in-form batsman Liam Kirk back to the dressing sheds without scoring and without addition to The Glen's total.
Bachmann and experienced campaigner Rob Lowry then appeared to have the innings back on track before Bachmann also fell to Lewis for an even half century with the score on 139.
From there the scalps came thick and fast as The Glen added just 46 runs for the next seven wickets, leaving The Glen's openers as the only batsmen to pass 20 runs.
Lewis was rewarded for a fine display of line and length bowling, finishing with 5-26 off 14 accurate overs, including four maidens.
He received good support from Mick Kiriazis who captured 2-16 off 15 overs while The Glen also contributed to their own demise with Ron Craig (1) and Matt Gosschalk (2) both run out, the former as a result of an excellent direct hit by Scott Grimsley at point.
Skipper lifts Yaralla to respectable total
A SENSATIONAL unbeaten 197 by Yaralla skipper Chris Stitt lifted his side to 6-325 after a disastrous start to day one of its Gladstone Cricket A grade encounter against Calliope at Yaralla Oval.
A long shot at reaching the final, Calliope, needing an outright victory on a batsmanfriendly pitch, gave themselves every chance of achieving a favourable result early by having Yaralla struggling at 3-18 in the ninth over.
The dismissal of key batsman Troy Webster, steering a cover drive to Mick Marsh at point off paceman Scott Tippet, had Calliope firmly in control of the game until Stitt and Grant Webster added 84 runs for the fourth wicket to change the game's momentum.
Grant Webster's highest score in a disappointing season with the bat for the burly allrounder, could not have been timed better.
Following his dismissal, Stitt then added 53 runs for the fifth wicket with Scott Gear (16) and 20 for the sixth with Matt Morrison (10) before he and Jay Stevens (45 not out) saw out the day with an unbroken stand of 150 runs for the seventh wicket.
Beginning patiently before increasing the tempo as he went about his task, Stitt found the boundary on 20 occasions and cleared it three times, bringing him almost a century in boundaries alone.
Two of his sixes came of successive short deliveries by Calliope new ball bowler Dan Williams with the other a glorious lofted drive off Tippet.