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Crusaders locked in to grand final

CRICKET It was another close match that ended with the Murgon Crusaders snatching victory the Wooroolin Warriors at the weekend.

Going into the match, Crusaders captain Graham Brown knew it would be a close one.

"We got away with a win but it was a littler tighter than we'd wanted,” Brown said.

The Crusaders were helped toward victory by a impressive innings from Lehmann Brunjes and Jarrod Sippel.

Brunjes notched up 88 runs as he belted sixes left, right and centre.

At one point he belted a six off to leg on and sent the ball over the BGA fence and pay was halted temporarily as the Warriors scrambled to fetch the ball.

Young gun Jarrod Sippel maintained his fine form clocking a respectable 43.

Between the pair they scored 131 of the Crusaders' total of 8/260.

For Wooroolin's part, the opening partnership of Hayden Wieck and Dan O'Connell gave the Crusaders cause for concern.

With lightning pace they pocketed 77 runs off the first seven overs.

"They were flying at the start,” Brown said.

Wieck was caught on the boundary by James Currin while O'Connell fell to catch by James McUtchen.

Mitch Crossley put up a valiant effort in the run chase as he punched a number of sixes clear of the boundaries.

Brown attributed the victory to the experience of his crew.

"Everyone seems to know their roll - batsman read the pitch well and work out how quickly we need to score,” he said.

"We've got a fairly old team, four guys over 40 and another in our late 30s.

"More than half the team is mid-30s and up.

In other cricket news, Kingaroy forfeited to Kumbia at the weekend.

This means Kumbia will advance to a play off against Wooroolin next weekend.

The winner of that game will play Murgon in the final.

Next weekend in the B-grade competition, Murgon Diggers will play Cherbourg while the Wooroolin Warriors B will play Wondai Wolves.

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