Openers lay foundation for impressive T20 victory
CRICKET: The Glen Black has taken out the Gladstone B-grade T20 grand final after a comprehensive victory against Calliope yesterday.
The Glen Black won the toss and elected to bat on a belter of a deck at Sun Valley Oval.
The Glen got off to a brisk start as openers Anthony Claridge and Murray Bale bludgeoned the ball to all corners of the park.
The opening partnership was broken at 109 runs when Claridge fell for 29, but Bale continued to pile on the runs before being bowled for 71.
The hosts' middle order failed to make much of an indent on the scoreboard with only one of five middle-order batsmen reaching double figures.
Carson Jones (16 not out) and Luke Richardson (one) were the batsmen left at the crease as The Glen Black posted a daunting total of 7-167 off their 20 overs.
Calliope conceded 20 extras during their bowling stint, which piled further pressure on them during the chase.
Taking to the crease requiring 8.4 runs per over in order to win, Calliope got off to the worst possible start when opening batsmen Terry White and Luke Bain fell cheaply to leave the visitors reeling.
Another two scalps had Calliope at 4-27 and facing a daunting task in order to chase down The Glen's total.
"Happy” Singh and Ragulan Ratnarajah offered some resistance with 33 not out and 42 respectively, but The Glen Black's total was always going to be a tall order to chase.
Skipper Bruce Elms praised his side's opening partnership, which laid the foundation for victory.
"That was a special start which seemed to break Calliope's spirit,” he said.
"We said our batting was strong and we proved that today.
"I'm pretty happy with how everything worked out.”