Services to meet reigning champs in grand final
RSL Services battled on a dead slow pitch to get the better of its Kingaroy rivals Warriors and earn a place in Saturday's grand final.
Services skipper Louis Fairbairn said it would be a tough final against Kumbia, who finished minor champions this season with 59 points.
Fairbairn said his team put in a stellar performance last Saturday but would need to continue this form to stand a chance at Kumbia.
But the Services will ride into the grand final against last year's premiers with a wave of confidence.
"We beat them (Kumbia) in both games we played this year so we're feeling pretty good," Fairbairn said.
In last Saturday's game Services had to chase down the Warriors' total of 121 at Taabinga School's oval.
While quite a low total to chase, the outfield was thick so dramatically slowed the ball and reduced scoring opportunities.
The slow outfield affected both teams in the semi-final.
"We had Warriors 5/9 so they were struggling," Fairbairn said.
"But they put on a couple of good partnerships for the sixth and seventh wickets."
Warriors' Allan Ledger scored 66 to stabilise his team's collapse.
The Warriors were bowled out for 121 in the 37th over to seemingly hand the match to the Services.
But Fairbairn said the Services also faced early troubles.
"We chased it down seven down with about four overs to go," he said.
Fairbairn said he was impressed with the Services' batting and aspects of its fielding.
"Our ground fielding was good, just not our catching," he said.
Fairbairn said his openers also needed to keep their wicket for longer in Saturday's grand final.
Warriors captain Steven Heness said he wished his team was able to score more runs but could not get runs on the board as a result of the Services' accurate bowling.
"Another 30-40 runs would have been good," Heness said.
"They were just bowling really good lines and lengths."
Heness said he was disappointed to leave the competition in this way after the marked improvements the Warriors made over the season.
"From the start of the season we improved 100%," he said.
"We probably just left our worst game until last."
With the Warriors' season finished, Heness said most of his team flagged interest in staying next season.
"Next year we'll have a good team," he said.
Heness was able to put his rivalry aside at the end of the Kingaroy derby to back the Services in Saturday's final.
"I wish Services good luck in Kumbia," he said.
Kumbia v Wondai
AS THE top three finishers in the B-grade over three consecutive seasons Kumbia knows what it has in store.
But Kumbia captain Ryan Kelly said it took no pressure off the grand final as he prepared to take on the RSL Services.
"They're going to come into this game fairly confident," Kelly said.
"Services are pretty good at chasing. It should be a very close game."
Kelly laid this success down to the consistent team he was able to field over the past three seasons.
"We have basically kept the same team," he said.
Kumbia locked in a home grand final after it beat Wondai by five wickets in the semi-final last Saturday.
Kelly opted to bowl first after he won the toss, which shocked some of his players but paid off after Kumbia applied immediate pressure on Wondai.
"Our opening two bowlers, they were the fellas who got us off to a good start," he said.
"Everyone chipped in; most of (the bowlers) got a wicket."
With Wondai out for 132 Kumbia chased the total down in 34 overs, five wickets down.
Kelly top scored for Kumbia to finish 30 not out.
"It was the first time this season I've performed with the bat," he said.
Wondai captain Chris Bodey was happy with his team's performance despite being knocked out in the semi-finals.
"I'm over the moon," Bodey said.
"This is the first year we put in two sides (A- and B-grade)."
Bodey said Wondai set a defensive field which stemmed Kumbia's scoring opportunities.
But Kumbia saw off Wondai's best bowlers to capitalise on its lower end bowlers to finish off the game.
RSL Services v Warriors
Warriors were bowled out for 121
>> Allan Ledger 66; Tyler Heness 11; Dane Bloomfield 11 Services bowling
>> Phil Temperton 3/12 off eight overs; Cody Bauer 2/22 off eight overs; Lleyton Brown 2/28 off eight overs
Services finished 7/126
>> Cody Bauer 44; Brian Walters 31; Lleyton Brown 15 Warriors bowling
>> Chris Bunker 2/9 off six overs; Dane Bloomfield 2/32 off seven overs; Tyler Heness 1/19 off four overs
Kumbia v Wondai
Wondai were bowled out for 132
>> Chris Handford 45; Tom Eastaugh 22 not out Kumbia bowling
>> Chris Medcalf 2/16 off eight overs Kumbia finished 5/143 after 34 overs
>> Ryan Kelly 30 not out; Corey Cross 24 Wondai bowling
>> Tom Eastaugh 2/35 off eight overs