CRICKET: It was a mixed weekend for The Glen and BITS in the final round of the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge before the Christmas-New Year break.
BITS produced its best game of the season to topple Cap Coast on Saturday in Yeppoon.
Chasing 168 to win, the visitors were eight wickets down and with just one ball to spare when batsman Keagan Yasso (8no) hit two runs after he and Jacob Todd (1no) needed eight runs off the final over.
The young side have been improving week-by-week and led superbly by captain Terry Sawyer again on Saturday.
Sawyer made 53 to continue his rich vein of form while Josh Finlay chipped in with 33 runs.
Sawyer said his team made it harder than what it should have been, but was proud of the breakthrough win "Our top five all got starts and it was not the easiest pitch to bat on,” he said. "We're not losing wickets in clumps any more and if we can turn the 30-40 run partnerships into 80 or 100, then we can make bigger scores.”
BITS leg spinner Ryan Finlay took 3-32 off eight overs which included two just before the drinks break to wrest momentum back from the home side.
Finlay's team-mate Brendan Edwards' seven-over spell produced 3-31 where he cleaned up the tail.
Sawyer said the win has installed self-belief in the young team and he's keen for his side's improvement to continue.
"To make finals will be hard to make especially with the top-three, and we basically got to win every game to make it,” he said.
"There's six more games left and if we can get two or three more wins before the end of the season, then that would be good.”
In the other fixture to round out the pre-Christmas matches, Frenchville continued its unbeaten season with a seven-wicket win against The Glen at Sun Valley.
That was despite a classy 74 from Sam Lowry while his The Glen team-mates Mick Heymer (31no) and Glen Stanton-Cook scored 36 runs.
Frenchville's Joe McGahan smashed an unbeaten 77 from just 66 balls while his team-mate Riley Connor took 4-37. "We dropped catches and bowled too many extras,” Lowry said. The Glen still sit comfortably in third place behind Frenchville and Gracemere. Competition resumes on January 6 with away fixtures where BITS meet Rockhampton Brothers and The Glen travel to Yeppoon to face Cap Coast.
Meanwhile four of the junior Central Queensland teams had a solid Queensland Junior Cricket Championships which finished on Friday.
The best performed was the under-12 team which finished third in Pool A with two wins and two losses.
Lachlan Wembridge had a top final match for CQ with 16 runs and 3-17 in his team's 15-run win against South East Queensland.
The Central Queensland U14, U14 and U13 teams finished fifth, fifth and sixth in their respective pools.
BITS 8-170 d Cap Coast 10-168 by 2 wickets
Frenchville 3-195 d The Glen 7-194 by 7 wickets