Southern Devils score first win for season
CRICKET: Pulling together a strong performance with the bat and ball provided the Southern District Devils with their first win for the season.
The Devils defeated the Harlequins at their home ground for their first victory in the Gympie A-grade cricket competition for 2018/19.
Captain of the side, Hayden Wieck, admits the team has struggled so far this season with the bat falling 40 runs short of the winning runs and failing to defend their total with the ball.
"We have got the talent and the players but we just haven't been putting it together and this week we gave out a good performance in both departments,” he said.
In his first game for the season Matthew Dugdell proved to give the Devils the winning edge with his 62 run knock.
Batting at number two Wieck made 41 runs and scored a 100 run partnership with Dugdell to set the team up.
Wieck said the Devils have been struggling without a reliable number three.
"We lose that first wicket and haven't had a number three to go on then we lose our way in the middle and end up in trouble,” he said.
Luke Smith also proved to be valuable for the team scoring 43 runs not out.
Discipline with the ball was key for the team in their bowling attack.
"They (Harlequins) bowled a fair few wides and we tried to be more disciplined with the ball and not give away free hits,” Wieks said.
Tyler Heness claimed four wickets for 15 runs off eight overs and Smith added to his strong performance with the bat with three wickets for 22 runs.
Wiek praised the effort of young cricketer Nik Henness who spent 40 overs in the field for the team but did not have the opportunity to bat or bowl.
"There is a big gap between A-grade, B-grade and juniors and it is good to the juniors step up into the senior games and have a go,” he said.
In Murgon the Crusaders continued their winning streak with a win over Western Gympie.
Ashley Sippel and Bryce Edwards claimed four wickets each for the visitors to be dismissed for 95 runs in 35 overs.
The Crusaders made the required runs in 14 overs and with eight wickets in hand.
Sippel added to his strong showing with the bal scoring 48 not out and Zac Dann made 18 runs not out.