Services hits century win against top team Crusaders
A-GRADE leaders Murgon Crusaders were knocked off their peg after a solid performance by the Services.
In a grand final rematch, Services were able to turn the result around with dramatic effect to leave the pitch with a 101-run victory.
With the Murgon wicket a little damp from last week's rains, Services batsmen had to face against an irregular bounce keeping them on their toes.
Besides the odd bounce, there looked to be little threat from the under-strength Crusaders, who eventually bowled the Services out for 218.
Services batsman Nathan Bain had the biggest knock of the day with a score of 62 to complement Matthew Dugdell's 49 not out and Brady Roberts 43.
"I was pretty happy with that," Bain said.
Bain was lucky to escape a near catch after he edged a short ball down his leg side.
"I flicked it around the corner and it hit the ankles of the short fine leg," he said.
With the ball turfed, Bain counted his blessings and punished the Crusaders with some big boundaries to build a formidable target.
"The pitch was quite hard to bat on, the ball was staying low so you had to play straight," he said.
"I scored quite a few runs through the covers.
"You've got to take the luck when you can."
Bain partnered up with Brady Roberts to see the Services' total cross the 100 point and continue to build despite the Crusaders' best efforts.
"We basically talked about not getting out," Bain said.
"I think we got inside the Crusaders' heads.
"We stayed in long enough to allow the other batsmen to hit out."
After the Services posted their competitive target, Bain battled the flat conditions with the mitts behind the stumps.
"There was a high risk of losing your teeth," he said.
"There were a lot of catches that just fell short.
"But I took three catches."
Crusaders captain Graham Brown said a number of his key players were unable to make the game, which ultimately cost the home team.
"We got flogged," he said.
Despite Services' final score of 218, Brown still thought they had a chance although runs were hard to come by.
"When it got to 10 an over needed we knew were in trouble," he said.
"It's given us a bit of a wake up call."
Crusaders were bowled out for 117.