Warriors made to earn win
IN THE first round of a restructured South Burnett Cricket competition, newly-promoted A-grade side Kumbia showed they will be no easy-beats in their loss to Warriors A at Lyle Vidler Oval on Saturday.
With the A-grade competition struggling with just three teams heading into the Christmas break, reigning B-grade premiers Kumbia opted to move into the A-grade competition.
The newly minted top division side met one of the stronger teams in the competition in Warriors A, but gave a solid account of themselves in a five wicket loss.
Opening the batting, Kumbia were bowled for a respectable 159 from 44.4 overs.
Warren Cross (33) and Alex Firman (30) were both handy contributors with the bat, but the visiting side lacked a batsman able to 'go on with it' and post a bigger total.
Chris Bunker and Andrew Askin did the damage with the ball for Warriors, claiming 3/15 and 4/50 respectively.
Askin would prove to be the difference maker on the day, producing a telling knock of 61 runs to help chase down Kumbia's total inside 33 overs.
Mitchell Clark (20) and Trevor Hansen (20 not out) produced handy cameos for the home side, on their way to 5/160.
Kumbia shared the load with the ball; Warren Cross (1/23) and Tavis Hartwig (1/28) the most economical.
Far from disgraced, Kumbia will look to improve upon their solid showing next week.
The fixtures for next weekend are yet to be announced.