Services win in tight derby
KINGAROY RSL Services stamped their finals intentions - and showed this season is anyone's contest - with a narrow 12-run win over early season favourites Wooroolin Warriors on Saturday.
After a promising start, Services lost two wickets in the fifth over that might previously have signalled the start of a batting collapse.
Instead, led by a strong partnership from Peter Hourn and Brady Roberts, Services regrouped to post a strong total that the ladder-leading Warriors inevitably failed to chase down.
Warriors all-rounder Kieran Askin admitted his side had struggled recently after an unbeaten start to the season but he is still confident they have what it takes when the finals begin early next month.
"It just shows how competitive the competition is really,” Askin said.
"This year with the restructure it's always a competitive game and I really believe anyone can win it. It should make for a very interesting finals series.”
With teams like Services and Kumbia fielding relatively young sides, Askin believes the future of South Burnett cricket is in good hands as the youngsters take it up to the veterans.
"Services had a good young team this week, it's good to see them stepping up,” Askin said.
"Previously teams have been reliant on older heads to dominate games, but more often now the younger ones are coming through with the goods.
"Lleyton Brown, from Services, bowled a good spell and showed his quality.”