RIGHT from the toss, the day went the way of the Murgon Diggers ahead of this weekend's tough match against the RSL Services.

Up against Wondai, the Diggers took advantage of their home pitch and elected to bat after they won the toss to put early pressure on their opponents.

Top scoring Diggers' batsman Shane Sippel, who finished with 55, said Saturday was a long, hot day out on the pitch.

Sippel said the conditions and pitch favoured the batsmen which resulted in a shortfall of wickets.

"There was only 11 wickets taken out that day," Sippel said.

Sippel said the Diggers' batting attack was a well organised unit which pressed when it had to.

"Craig Klibbe and Andrew Roderick got us over drinks. It was really well organised," he said.

After Klibbe (43) and Roderick (51) saw out the first innings it allowed the Diggers to bat with more freedom in the second part of their innings to lock in a total of 5/225.

Sippel's 55 runs were the icing on the cake after he said he found a bit of form on the flat wicket.

"Like most of the older guys, I can see them but just can't hit them," he quipped.

"There were no real demons in the pitch.

"It was a good wicket to bat on."

But Sippel showed he could both see the ball nicely on to the bat and play all around the park on Saturday.

Sippel said the Diggers were lucky to score a total of more than 200 otherwise they would have been put under pressure by Wondai who finished on 6/173.

"Craig Handford almost batted out the day for Wondai," he said.

"Luckily the younger guys bowled really well."

Diggers' Bryce Edwards scalped 2/14 backed by James Brimblecombe's 2/19 and Renee Irvine's 1/13.

In the end the Diggers won by 52 runs.

Battle for top

IT WAS a clash of titans as the B-grade leaders Kumbia and Services went head to head on Saturday.

In an upset the Services batted first to post a score of 8/140 in their 40 overs.

Services' skipper Louis Fairbairn said they got off to a slow start but fired up at the end of their batting innings.

"We lost three quick wickets to end up 3/22," Fairbairn said.

"We were 6/90 at one stage then myself and Matt Forlonge put on about 40 at the end."

Fairbairn said he kept plugging away to keep the runs building.

"We pushed the ones and twos about," he said.

The changeover presented the Services the tough challenge of keeping Kumbia's run rate down on its home pitch.

Nail bitingly close, Fairbairn was relieved to dispatch Kumbia four runs short of his team's total.

"We bowled them out for 136 in the 36th over," he said.

This win helped the Services up to the top of the ladder alongside Kumbia, but Kumbia has the advantage on run rate.

Warriors hunt

WARRIORS stormed passed a young, inexperienced Nanango team with a nine-wicket win.

Stand-in Warriors captain Allan Ledger said his bowlers were able to roll over Nanango for 66.

"Unfortunately Nanango are quite a young team," Ledger said.

With Nanango predominantly made up of players who moved up from the juniors at the start of the season, Ledger pitched his younger bowlers against them.

"Our junior bowlers have started to bowl really well," he said.

Warriors' Josh Wolski bagged 4/6 off five overs.

The Warriors chased down Nanango's total in 14 overs to finish 1/74.

On Saturday the Warriors will play Kumbia.

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