Josh Finlay earns praises
THE BULLS Masters may have had a six-wicket win against BOC Harbour City Rising Stars on Saturday night and that was to be expected.
But the veterans were given a mighty fright led by Stars captain Josh Finlay who made a swashbuckling 43 in its first-innings total of 104.
Bulls Master Ryan Broad made 52 while Lee Carseldine hit the winning runs.
"The pitch was playing well and I was really nervous, but hit the first ball I faced for four," Josh said of his innings.
"Adam Dale was the hardest to get away because he swung the ball both ways."
Bulls' Chris Simpson lauded praise on how well Josh hit the ball.
"He's a strong clean hitter and he bowls really good as well," Simpson said.
The highlight on the night was a peach of a delivery from Josh that rattled the stumps of Broad that had the batsman frustrated.
"It was a really good feeling to bowl Broad and the balls came out all right," Josh added.
"There were a few that I dropped short that I was not happy about."
Broad was clearly impressed with the talented seven who played for the Stars.
"I think they have a lot of talent and most have great bowling actions," Broad said in reference to Josh Andrew, Josh Finlay, Owen Strange and Ruby Strange.
"It was an awesome experience and we don't get to do that very often," Owen said.
Bulls Masters 4-107 (R Broad 52. J Finlay; J Andrew; R Finlay; O Strange 1 wicket each) d BOC Harbour City Rising Stars (J Finlay 43, L Hall 11, Z Robertson 10no)