GALLERY: Nanango Scorpions through to grand final
NANANGO Scorpions proved they had plenty of sting in the tail as they earned their spot in next week's South Burnett B-grade cricket grand final at the weekend.
Captain Dan O'Connor won the toss and elected to bat as his side took the field against Kumbia on Saturday.
This proved to be the right decision, even though they lost two early wickets in Brett Burrows and Simon Morrow who both went for one.
But the Scorpions' captain settled in alongside second drop Matt Springate and the Nanango side were 2 for 100 after the first 20 overs.
"That set us up pretty well,” O'Connor said.
The captain's knock came to an end on 70 when he was caught by Tony Dugdell.
Nanango finished their 40 overs with 9/228.
This was helped along by a strong finish from the tail, with the last three batsman all posting double-figure scores.
In reply, Kumbia batted gallantly but no one really fired except for captain Ryan Kelly, hitting 70 before being bowled by Springate.
Kumbia were all out after only 26.4 overs with 156 runs.
The win sets Nanango up for a fierce encounter with the Blackbutt Timbertowners in next week's final in Blackbutt.
O'Connor wasn't expecting anything less.
"Blackbutt are always hard to beat on their home turf,” he said.
"If we can get on top of them early and take a couple of quick wickets, we'll give ourselves every chance of knocking them over.”
O'Connor said he was always quietly confident his team would feature strongly in the finals.
"I think we knew if we could play well through the season, we all had an inkling we could make the final,” he said.
"We have a good blend of a couple of older blokes and a lot of youth who have learnt a lot this season and improved immensely.
"So yeah, I don't think it was a surprise we could make it. Not to us anyway.”
Check out the full gallery from the Kumbia versus Nanango preliminary final below.