Twenty20 Cricket Grand Final at Clinton Park, Gladstone Presidents 11 (batting) vs Dirty Mutts (fielding): Keeper Brett Lucas.
Twenty20 Cricket Grand Final at Clinton Park, Gladstone Presidents 11 (batting) vs Dirty Mutts (fielding): Keeper Brett Lucas. Chrissy Harris

President's men win

A FLAWLESS fielding performance led to an upset win for the President's XI over heavy favourites Dirty Mutts in the Twenty20 cricket competition final on Sunday.

The President's XI were bowled out for a modest 123 batting first, but the total proved too great for the Mutts, who have been the form team of the competition.

Mutts lost their top three in quick succession, then fell prey to some phenomenal fielding and were bundled out seven runs short of the target.

Robbie Woof took the catch of the season with a diving two-handed take on the boundary that also saved six runs, and Justin Brown pulled off a freak run-out when he threw the stumps down from the boundary.

Presidents XI's Kym Foura said his side went into the game with low expectations and shocked even themselves with the triumph.

“We all turned up knowing we would be beaten and we were just happy to be in the grand final,” Foura said.

“We were ecstatic. We just really didn't expect to win.”

The President's XI made the final after a super over win against Ball Breakers last week, when they smashed 43 off their two allotted overs.

They carried their winning form into the preliminary final against Gladstone Rebels and took a win that catapulted them into an unlikely grand final.

The President's side had a mixed Twenty20 season, with key players regularly missing from the line-up.

As a result they didn't have a flattering win-loss record but, by ensuring they lost by only small margins consistently, picked up bonus points, which contributed to their finals appearance.



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