Yaralla?s win not enough for final
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THEY may have ended on a winning note, but the season is over for Yaralla.
After a superb display on day one of their Gladstone Cricket A grade clash against minor premiers Brothers put them in the box seat last week, Yaralla made sure of victory by knocking off the 15 runs needed on Saturday.
But it wasn't enough to get Yaralla into next week's grand final, with The Glen scoring an easy win over BITS at Sun Valley.
Just 1.7 points separated the two sides, The Glen finishing on 83.52, while Yaralla ended up on 81.83.
While disappointed to miss out on a grand final spot, Yaralla captain Troy Webster was pleased that his team finished on a winning note.
"We knew our fate was out of our hands if The Glen won, but I was rapt with how the boys finished off,' Webster said.
"Our goal was to win this game and I was proud of the boys for the way we played to win.
'It is disappointing to miss out on making the grand final, I think we were a bit unlucky with the rain earlier in the year.'
Resuming at 2-112, chasing the Brethren's 126, Webster and Heath Courtney made sure of a first innings victory and then Courtney fell for 14 with the score on 129.
Webster went on to score a classy 52 until his innings was ended by Brothers paceman Glenn Cook.
Cook and skipper Pat Laws ensured Yaralla's lead wasn't a huge one, ripping the heart out of their batting line-up. Yaralla were eventually bowled out for 188, with Cook and Laws each picking up three wickets.
Batting for a second time, Brothers suffered a poor start losing 2-11 to give Yaralla an unlikely hope for outright victory.
But that was ruled out as Laws (22) and Matthew Turich (26) steadied the ship.
With the match virtually over as a contest, Dave Lewis helped himself to 42 as Webster gave some rare bowlers a chance.
Brothers finished on 8-161 when stumps were drawn.
The in-form Courtney took 3-37 to finish as A grade's top wicket-taker with 24, while Matt Morrison (3-41) bowled with lively pace.
Not surprisingly, Webster saved a special mention for spearhead Courtney.
'Heath has been fantastic for us over the past three of four games, he almost got us there,' he said.
'But that's cricket, we will have to come back next year.'
FINAL LADDER: Brothers 105.84, The Glen 83.52, Yaralla 81.83, Calliope 74.12, BITS 66.59.