Kumbia's maiden win and Crusaders' demolition job
THE penny finally dropped for Kumbia at the weekend, claiming its first scalp since moving into the A-grade competition in a 95-run win over Kingaroy RSL Services at Kumbia.
The home side went in to bat first, and was bowled out for a respectable 163 runs.
Kumbia captain Ryan Kelly top-scored with 42 runs for the hosts, as David Hartwig and Roger Hoare chipped in with 23 runs each.
"We didn't post a very big total - it wasn't as much as we'd have liked - but we were happy," Kelly said.
After their narrow victory over competition leaders Warriors the previous weekend, Services would have been confident of meeting the required 164 runs.
Instead, Tony Dugdell's 15 runs was the highest innings for the visitors as the Kumbia bowling attack put Services to the sword.
Led by Joe Milson's 6/39, the hosts ripped through the Services batting line-up to have them all out for just 68 runs.
Tavis Hartwig claimed 3/24 in another strong bowling performance, while Keegan Wright wrapped things up finishing 1/2 from just two deliveries.
"We went out and everything went to plan with our bowling," Kelly said.
"We took two wickets in the first over and Joe Milson finished with six - everything was just going nicely."
It was a win that threatened to come for more than a month now, as the reigning B-grade champions grew accustomed to the higher standard of competition.
"The last four weeks we've really only lost by one wicket or 20-30-odd runs," Kelly said.
"After the weekend I think the boys really believe in themselves that we can actually win now.
"Those weeks where we just fell short, we had to figure out how and why that was. And everything just clicked against Services."
In a twist, Kumbia will again play Services this weekend as the A-grade finals get under way.
It is undecided whether the match will go ahead in Kumbia or at Murgon, but regardless of the pitch Kelly believes his side now has the mental edge over the opponents.
Kumbia v Services
R. Kelly 42
D. Hartwig 23
R. Hoare 23
B. Roberts 4/48/8
M. Patroni 2/21/9
T. Dugdell 1/10/5
T. Dugdell 15
A. Geiger 12
J. Milsom 6/39/6
T. Hartwig 3/24/7
K. Wright 1/2/0.2
Kumbia won by 95 runs.
THE return of father/son duo Ashley and Jared Sippel from the Sunshine Coast competition helped Murgon Crusaders do a demolition job on Wooroolin Warriors at Lyle Vidler Oval on Saturday.
Queensland under-19 star Jared smoked 115 runs and took 3/21 with the ball in a dominant performance in his first game back for his home side, with father Ashley hitting 54 and taking 1/7 also.
The Crusaders totalled 255 as Taylor Herrmann (4/40), Faisal Khan (3/54) and Luke Smith (3/55) did the damage - albeit not cheaply.
Set 256 for victory, the Warriors never managed to get out of second gear facing a miserly Crusaders bowling attack.
Dane Bloomfield top-scored with 35 and Trevor Hansen managed 21, but the Warriors never looked likely finishing all-out for 103.
Stuey Robinson joined with the Sippels in taking 3/11 from just four overs, while Bryce Edwards chipped in with 2/18.
The sides meet once more this weekend in the first semi-final.
Warriors v Crusaders
J. Sippel 115
A. Sippel 54
S. Robinson 23
T. Herrmann 4/40/9
F. Khan 3/54/6.3
L. Smith 3/55/9
D. Bloomfield 35
T. Hansen 21
S. Robinson 3/11/4
J. Sippel 3/21/5
B. Edwards 2/18/4
A. Sippel 1/7/6
Crusaders win by 152 runs.
AN UNBEATEN 88 from Scott Kapernick helped Murgon Diggers to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Warriors B at the weekend.
Well assisted by Craig Klibbe's 68 not out, the pair went to work on the Warriors bowlers after the visitors posted a defendable 8/217 from their allotted overs.
Joe Roth led the charge for the Warriors knocking 65 in an impressive display of hitting, but he lacked partners with young Tyler Heness the Warriors' next-best in finishing with 25.
Speaking of youngsters, Riley Sippel again proved he's up to scratch with the seniors finishing with figures of 2/14 from four overs to lead the Diggers' bowling attack.
Al Woodall and Ashley Louis also claimed two scalps each in an even performance with the ball from the hosts.
Al Ledger and Josh Wolski were the pick of the Warriors bowlers taking one wicket each, but it ultimately proved for little as the Diggers reached the required total with four overs to spare.
Diggers v Warriors B
Joe Roth 65
Tyler Heness 25
Troy Litzow 21
Riley Sippel 2/14/4
Al Woodall 2/37/8
Ashley Louis 2/43/8
Scott Kapernick 88*
Craig Klibbe 68*
Al Ledger 1/33/5
Josh Wolski 1/43/5
Diggers won by eight wickets
AN UNBEATEN 63 from Cherbourg spearhead Daure Moses helped his side to a comfortable nine-wicket win over Nanango in the final round of B-grade competition at the weekend.
Nanango went in to bat first, and headed by the in-form Stephen Kirkland would have been confident of putting on a decent total.
Kirkland managed 48 and was well assisted by young Matthew Springate's 24-run cameo, but the pair were the only Nanango batsmen to show any resistance against the Cherbourg bowling attack.
Bernard Hopkins was the standout bowler finishing with three wickets for just six runs from his six overs.
Keith Walsh (1/4), CJ Bligh (1/7), David Warner (1/31) and William Langton (1/47) all claimed one scalp each as Cherbourg went to work running through the Nanango middle order.
Set 110 to win, Cherbourg needed just 10 overs to reach the total thanks to Moses' power hitting.
Keith Walsh chipped in with a handy 29, and was the only wicket lost as Cherbourg cruised to victory.
B. Matthews was the sole wicket-taker for Nanango, finishing with 1/28 from his 2.3 overs.
Just one round remains before B-grade finals commence next weekend.
Cherbourg v Nanango
S. Kirkland 48
M. Springate 24
B. Matthews 10*
B. Hopkins 3/6/6
K. Walsh 1/4/4
D. Moses 63*
K. Walsh 29
G. Lindsay 10*
B. Matthews 1/28/2.3
Cherbourg won by nine wickets.