THE RSL Services A-grade team pulled its way back with a comfortable win over Wondai to pitch them confidently against Nanango next weekend.
After the Services were gunned down by the Murgon Crusaders on October 10, skipper Darren Geiger rallied his troops.
Geiger won the toss and elected to bat first to put Wondai under immediate pressure on its home turf.
"A lot of teams here choose to bat first and get runs on the board," Geiger said.
Opener Wayne Kelly cleared a half century to build a solid foundation but Geiger said there was little support for him out in the middle.
"We've still got to work on our batting," he said.
"We were a bit off on timing."
Geiger said the there was slight movement of the ball off the pitch but it evened out as the day progressed.
Services was bowled out for 170 to leave Wondai to bat in the midday sun under tight fielding pressure.
"It was pretty warm," Geiger said.
Geiger proved to be one the Services' strike bowlers after he claimed 3/5, along with Mark Schmidt who took 3/28.
"I just bowled to the field," he said.
"Our ring field did a good job."
Wondai's captain, Geoff Wallis, was similarly impressed with his bowling attack.
"I think we bowled pretty well to keep them on 170-odd runs," Wallis said.
Wallis said there were a few issues with the preparation of the wicket after last week's rain but was overall quite impressed by the way it bounced back.
"It played pretty slow but there were no real demons in it," he said.
Wallis said his team was able to put the Services under pressure but unable to get them out quickly enough.
"They (the Services) just ground out the overs," he said. "If you keep the opposition out there for 45 overs, it grinds it out of you."
Eventually Wondai was able to make it out to the middle with the bat but Wallis' top order paled in comparison with the Services.
"We just needed to get some runs with our top order," he said. "We need to strengthen up our batting and be a bit more solid."
Wondai were bowled out for 104.
On Saturday, Wondai will play the Warriors who Wallis said were quite evenly matched.
RSL Services v Wondai
- RSL Services batted first to get 170 all out.
- Wayne Kelly scored 55 not out.
- Luke Medcalf scored 37.
- Clayton Graham 4/27.
- Robert Robarts 2/26.
- Wondai scored 104 all out.
- Derek Sander 35.
- Robert Robarts 22.
- Darren Geiger 3/5.
- Mark Schmidt 3/28.