Crusaders scalp easy win over Warriors in A-grade final
WARRIORS were forced onto the back foot right from the coin toss in the A-grade grand final against the Murgon Crusaders.
Wooroolin Warriors captain Andrew Askin said he lost the chance to field first which he thought would give them more of a chance.
Instead the Crusaders sent in the Warriors to bat at Murgon on a pitch which favours bowlers.
"We wanted to field first and play our way into the game," Askin said.
"We just batted terrible. I think it got to us a bit."
Few Warriors' batsmen were able to get into double figures in the first innings. Taylor Herrmann showed the only glimmer of hope with 18.
Crusaders' captain Graham Brown said his bowlers took advantage of the benefits the wicket offered bowlers.
"For the first hour, it would have benefited the bowlers and we got them all out just after that hour," Brown said. "Our bowlers bowled good area."
The Crusaders had no problem passing the Warriors' first innings total of 50.
"We passed them in the seventh over," he said.
Brown said the only resistance came later as the Crusaders neared its first innings total of 233.
"The fought back in the middle of the innings, they took three or four wickets," he said.
"They had us 8/169; they really put the brakes on."
With about half-an-hour's play left on day one, Crusaders took two quick wickets to have Warriors start Sunday 2/20.
Brown said he noticed the Warriors "put a bit more value on their wicket" in their second innings.
In a last-ditch effort, the Warriors held on for as long as possible but could not force Crusaders to bat again after they were bowled out got 104.
Crusaders won the A-grade two-day grand final by 79 runs and an innings.
Questions asked of comp future
THE 79-run and innings win by the Crusaders ignited questions about the A-grade competition from the South Burnett cricket community.
Many of these were stirred by those who thought it was not the two best teams in the final.
Facebook users on South Burnett Cricket brought up the way rain washed out one-day champions RSL Services' two-day hopes.
Mark Schmidt commented on South Burnett Cricket Facebook page to disapprove of the split one-day and two-day competition.
"No sour grapes but I think it shows the split comp does not work as the two best teams weren't in the final," Schmidt said.
Graeme Badrick commented it was "Pretty ordinary when ur (sic) teams season is decided by weather".
Crusaders captain Graham Brown said it was "the luck of the drawer" Services' matches fell on wet weekends, but did not believe it should affect other teams who were still able to play.
Brown said the two-day games were played on grass wickets but should have the chance to be moved to a synthetic wicket dependent on the weather.
"I think South Burnett Cricket would okay it to be played on a synthetic wicket," he said.
Brown said he believed two-day cricket was beneficial for the South Burnett.
"I think two-day cricket is important for the development of young people," he said.
Warriors' skipper Andrew Askin agreed the two-day competition was a good idea.
"The quality of cricket gets better, it helps the standard," Askin said.
Askin said he would perhaps like to see a Twenty20 competition reintroduced like last season.
"It would be good to play T20s, 50-overs and two-day cricket," he said.
A discussion meeting will be held in June encouraging ideas for the future of the A-grade competition. The South Burnett Cricket Association AGM will be in August. Details for those meetings are to be confirmed.
Kumbia reigns supreme again
TWO premierships in as many years have left Kumbia captain Ryan Kelly wondering what it would be like to play in A grade.
Next season might be his chance.
"We should be going into A grade," Kelly said.
"The team we had to chase that total in the grand final, we should go all right."
Kumbia chased down RSL Services' total of 215 with just three balls to go to finish 6/219.
Services' captain Louis Fairbairn he thought his team had scored enough after Cody Bauer (78) and Glenn Kelly (53) put on more than 100 runs for the second wicket.
But Fairbairn said dropping Kumbia's Tavis Hartwig cost them.
"We dropped Tavis just before drinks on about 50," Fairbairn said. Hartwig went on to score 80.
A-grade Crusaders v Warriors
Warriors first innings all out for 50 after 19.2 overs
>> Taylor Herrmann 18
>> Jamian Currin 5/18; Graham Brown 3/28; James McUtchen 2/3
Crusaders first innings all out for 233 after 45.4 overs
>> Jamian Currin 52; Lehman Brunjes 43; Jared Sippel 39
>> Taylor Herrmann 4/42; Luke Smith 2/57; Kieran Askin 2/57
Warriors second innings all out for 104 off 40.2 overs
>> Hayden Wieck 43
>> Graham Brown 7/18; Tom Patton 2/23
B-grade Kumbia v Services
>> Cody Bauer 78; Glenn Kelly 53
>> Warren Cross 4/16
>> Tavis Hartwig 80; Chris Medcalf 62
>> Cody Bauer 2/40