Burnett teams score wins in A-grade comp
CRICKET: Having depth in their side has been key to the Murgon Crusaders continuing their winning form in the Gympie A-grade cricket competition.
The Crusaders hosted the Gympie Colts at the Murgon Showgrounds on Saturday.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat.
In his second game of the season Damien Sippel stepped up for his team, top-scoring with 89 runs.
"We have plenty of depth this year and quite a few of the guys that have only played a few games this season really dug deep,” Murgon captain Graham Brown said.
Paul Brunjes contributed 41 and Allen Ledger finished with 30 not out.
The team finished with 202 runs after 40 overs with three wickets in hand on a slow field.
"It was the first week we have used that pitch and it was a little bit uneven and wasn't easy to bat on,” Brown said.
The Crusaders proved why they are leading the competition with their effort with the ball against the Colts.
Ashley Sippel led the bowling attack, claiming five wickets for 19 runs off seven overs.
His spell included four maidens.
Graham Brown took three overs for six runs off 6.2 overs.
The Colts fell short of making the required runs, with the team all out after 20 overs with 59 runs on the board.
It will be a battle for town pride on Saturday, with the Crusaders coming up against region rivals the Southern District Devils.
Brown said the Crusaders would be drawing on their depth with a number of players unavailable to play.
The Devils will be looking to secure their place as a finals contender, with the Kingaroy team one win away from the top four.
The Devils played host to Western Gympie at Lyle Vidler Oval on Saturday.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat.
The Gympie side batted through the 40 overs to finish eight for 160 runs for the Devils to chase.
Matt Nesbitt claimed two wickets for 35 runs off seven overs and Jack Hourn dismissed one batsman for 17 runs off eight overs.
The Devils chased down the required runs in 19.2 overs to claim the win with eight wickets in hand.
Matthew Dugdell was key for the team with the bat, making 77, and L Brown contributed 41 not out to the team's total of 164 runs.
Saturday's game between the Crusaders and Devils will be played in Murgon.