The Glen go back to back as cricket premiers
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE GLEN are Gladstone Cricket A grade premiers for season 2004/05 after a tense one-wicket win over Yaralla in the Grand Final at Clinton Park.
Captain Jason Jefferis and number 11 Bruce Elms held their nerves when it counted, with a 18 run last wicket partnership to help The Glen collect back to back A grade premierships.
It was a magnificent victory for The Glen who were at one stage of the match 8/115 chasing Yaralla's total of 178.
Batting first, Yaralla suffered an early setback losing opener Kent Whitehouse (7) with just 17 runs on the board.
This was followed by the shock wicket of Gladstone Cricket's leading run-scorer and Yaralla skipper Chris Stitt was adjudged lbw from a Ron Craig delivery for a golden duck.
Troy Webster joined opener Rob Johnson and the pair took Yaralla to 3/52 before Johnson was out for a patient 26.
Justin Brown came out with something to prove and put on 58 with Webster before he was run out by Liam Kirk for 30. Webster was the key wicket though and when Rob Lowry had him caught behind for a fine 66, Yaralla were 7/153.
Scott Gear (16), Jay Stevens and Matt Morrison chipped in with some useful late order runs, but Yaralla were bowled out for 178.
Paceman Ron Craig and Bruce Elms shared the bowling honours with three wickets apiece, while David Jefferis played a good support role with two.
In reply, The Glen's top-order was shredded to be 3/19 by the Webster brothers who had Seng, Bachmann and Lowry back in the pavilion.
David Jefferis and Liam Kirk re-established the innings, but their 33 run stand was broken when Jefferis caught for 29.
Barnsley (13) and Craig (12) both got starts, but Yaralla looked the winners with The Glen 6/90.
The writing was on the wall shortly after when Kirk fell for an turtle-like 24 off 149 balls, followed by Smith for a duck to leave The Glen 8/115. Greg Nicholls joined skipper Jason Jefferis and frustrated the Yaralla attack.
The pair went to tea at 8/161, but disaster struck when Nicholls was bowled by the first ball after the break by Jay Stevens.
Yaralla continued to search for that elusive wicket, but when Elms edged through gully the 2004/05 A grade crown was The Glen's.
Matt Morrison with 3/39 was Yaralla's leading bowler, while the Webster brothers picked up two apiece.