The victorious The Glen premiership team
The victorious The Glen premiership team Kaitlyn Smith

PHOTOS: Lowry hits Falcons for six

CRICKET: After not playing a game for the best part of six weeks, The Glen are the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge champions after a sensational two-wicket win against minor premiers Frenchville Falcons in Rockhampton.

The Glen captain Sam Lowry hit the winning runs with a six off Joe McGahan.

Lowry played a 'Captain's Knock' with an unbeaten 72 while Murray Bale made an invaluable 40 off just 23 balls.

Falcons batted first and reached 6-167 off the allotted 40 overs with McGahan leading the way with 74 runs.

The Glen left-arm quick Harry Rideout bowled a brilliant spell of 3-22 off eight overs while Lowry snared 2-28.

The final stages were tense with Lowry posting a half-century as the target was within reach with a handful of overs left.

Two successive wickets by Callum McMahon made for a nervous The Glen shed.

Lowry knew what the situation was and is a big-time player.

"Pretty stoked and pretty tired it's been a pretty big couple of days," Lowry said.

"To come to Rocky and obviously beating Frenchville one of the strong favorites made it all worth it."

The Glen finished third at the end of the minor round and thrashed Gracemere Bulls on Saturday to qualify for the decider.

It was The Glen's first-ever premiership victory in the extended competition.

McGahan stood tall for Frenchville with his half ton and 4-25.

Lowry said he would keep the trophy under 'his wing' for as long as possible.

Lowry said to get the key wicket of McGahan was crucial and that his bowlers kept it tight at the back end of the Falcons' innings.

Lowry said the win against Gracemere on Saturday instilled self-belief.

"I think the fact that we got through Saturday boosted our confidence heading into the next day," he said.

He said the season was mixed with several players not available on game day due to shift work.

"We didn't have the same team every week but to get our full-strength team on the park and to win was definitely the highlight of my career so far," Lowry said.

 

 

GRIPPING FINAL

Frenchville batted first

 

Frenchville 6-167 (J McGahan 74, J Harris 37; H Rideout 3-22, S Lowry 2-28) lost by two wickets to The Glen 8-173 (S Lowry 72no, M Bale 40; J McGahan 4-25, C McMahon 2-57)

 

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