Last B-grade semi-finals place secured by Warriors
WARRIORS bowled themselves into the weekend's B-grade semi-finals to face cross town rivals RSL Services.
To secure the last finals place, Warriors' captain Steven Heness said his team bowled their way to victory against Wondai on Kingaroy's Lyle Vidler Oval.
"We bowled really well and took our catches," Heness said.
"I think we only dropped one, but all the other chances we took."
This sharpness displayed with the ball and in the field restrained Wondai to only 70.
The Warriors won the coin toss and sent Wondai out to bat first on the grassy wicket.
With a bit to offer the Warriors' bowlers, they tore through Wondai's batting line-up after few offered any resistance.
Wondai was bowled out in the 28th over with tail ender Jamie Evans the highest scorer with 11.
At the changeover Heness said his team was confident they would be able to chase the low target although it was not all smooth sailing.
"The ball was still moving about a bit," he said.
"(Wondai) was bowling a good line and length."
This accurate bowling by Wondai scalped a number of Warrior wickets before they crossed the line in the 19th over 5/73.
Heness said the Warriors would need to continue this form with the ball and on the field to stand a chance of beating the Services at the weekend.
"I don't really think we need to improve anything," he said.
"If we bat first we will have to bat our full 40 overs and try and make a good total."
Finals contender Cherbourg had its hopes knocked out after it suffered a loss at the hands of the Murgon Diggers.
Cherbourg captain Barry Fisher said his team fell short when it came to chasing the Diggers' total of 173 to finish with 116.
Diggers' bowler Renee Irvine ripped through Cherbourg with figures of 5/20 off four overs.
Kumbia moved to the top of the B-grade ladder after Nanango forfeited.
A-grade Wondai v Murgon
A SHORTAGE of bowlers in the first day of the final round-robin match handed Murgon Crusaders' batsman Lehman Brunjes the ball.
More suited to slogging the ball towards the boundary than taking aim at the wickets, Brunjes was surprised to get the call.
"We had one of our bowlers bowl three no balls, so he couldn't bowl any more," Brunjes said.
"So I bowled his over and got two wickets.
"One was a caught and bowled, and then the next ball it got caught at point."
Brunjes' medium pace bowling contributed to the Crusaders' wicket haul to dismiss Wondai for 91 and finish with figures of 2/13 off 3.4 overs.
But he was unable to return the favour with the bat after he was dismissed cheaply after he was caught in the deep.
Crusaders' Jared Sippel (65), Stuart Robinson (58) and Tom Patton (33) filled the gap to see the Murgon team finish day one 6/191.
"I was happy with our performance, so hopefully we can continue that into the final," Brunjes said.