The Glen crush BITS to re-assert superiority
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THE GLEN have sent a clear statement to their Gladstone Cricket A grade rivals with a crushing 147-run victory over fellow contenders BITS at BITS Oval on Saturday.
In a must-win game for the defending premiers, they accounted for BITS in a manner unseen at A grade level this season.
Talented left-hander Liam Kirk was the architect of the win, hitting four boundaries in a superb 83 not out as The Glen scored a Richie Benaud-friendly total of 2-222.
He shared an unbroken 103-run third-wicket stand with Lance Mazzer (51 not out), while Brett Rogers was another to shine during his 45.
For BITS, Lucas Hall and Steve Austin were the only bowlers to experience any joy in an attack which conceded 40 extras. In reply, BITS were never in the hunt, with a combination of their rustiness thrown in with The Glen's accurate bowling proving potent.
The Islanders slumped to 3-4 in even time and unfortunately for them, things never really got better. Only Hall, who looked good in his knock of 21 was able to get a substantial start as BITS were knocked over inside 20 overs for just 75.
BITS skipper Jaysen Chilcott made no excuses for his team's performance.
'They played better than we did and thoroughly deserved to win,' Chilcott lamented.
'We haven't played much cricket this year and were a bit rusty, but that is not an excuse because The Glen were clearly the better team.'
A delighted Rowan Murray was the bowling star, finishing with 4-30 off six overs.
"To get four wickets was great and is my best ever in A grade, before today my best was two,'' Murray said. Murray was well-supported by David Jefferis and Aaron Bachmann who claimed two wickets apiece.