Murgon on top in A-grade
CRICKET: The Murgon Crusaders are unbeatable in the Gympie A-grade cricket competition.
The side has finished 2018 on a high with a win at home on Saturday over the Gympie Harlequins.
The visitors were the first at the crease and failed to bat through the overs on a bowlers pitch.
Seven of the Harlequins batsmen were dismissed in four runs with the team all out for 44 runs in 13.5 overs.
Captain of the Crusaders Graham Brown led by example claiming five wickets for five runs including one maiden.
Brown's effort with the ball is one of the best blowing statistics of the 2018/19 season.
Bryce Edwards claimed three wickets for three runs off 1.5 overs to maintain his record as having the best bowling average in the competition.
He has taken the field for the Crusaders eight times this season claiming 16 wickets for 105 runs off 37.5 overs.
Jamian Currin claimed one wicket for 12 runs to bring his season total to 10 wickets.
The Crusaders made the required runs in nine overs, to wrap up the 40 over innings game in 90 minutes.
"We knew they weren't 100 per cent with a few B-grade players stepping up but we thought they may have out up more of a fight,” Brown said.
While the pitch gave assistance to the bowlers Brown believes if the Crusaders were first to bat they would have put close to 200 runs on the score board.
Nine games into the season the team are yet to be beaten and happy to finish the year on top.
Games will recommence on January 5 with six games remaining before finals.
Brown is understandably proud of the sides result but doesn't expect to finish the season without a challenge.
"If we have an off day and the other team is on they will beat us,” he said.
As well as having the most consistent bowler on their side in Edwards the Murgon team also includes the top two most consistent batsmen of the season.
Jason Webber is one to dismiss early with 402 runs to his name this season from seven games to have a batting average of 80 runs.
Ashley Sippel is second on the ladder with 198 runs on the board, with an average of 39 runs and top score of 141.