Lead hangs in bal­ance

Stingers vic­tors by two wick­ets in hu­mid con­di­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

MUN­DUB­BERA ver­sus Mun­dub­bera was mate ver­sus mate, with both teams try­ing to get the first ad­van­tage.

The clashes be­tween th­ese two lo­cal sides have been an arm wres­tle all sea­son and last week­end was no dif­fer­ent.

From the start to the fi­nal ball it was a see­saw­ing day, with both sides look­ing like tak­ing the ad­van­tage at ev­ery turn.

But with five overs to spare and two wick­ets in hand, the Stingers hit the fi­nal runs needed, win­ning by two.

The Colts bat­ted first and just could not get go­ing, with a bowl­ing at­tack of great line and length ball after ball.

The hu­mid­ity was 99% and the ground was cov­ered with 10mm of wa­ter from the heavy rain on Fri­day night.

Colts num­ber seven bats­men Liam But­ler said the ball was mov­ing around so much it was very hard to get in.

“The hu­mid­ity is play­ing a big part to­day,” But­ler said.

“Not only is it mak­ing it hard to bat, it is very hot.”

Tight field­ing from the Stingers made it heavy go­ing in the early overs for the Colts bats­men and they started to crum­ble.

The wick­ets tum­bled as the score­board read 1 for 5, 2 for 17, 3 for 31, 4 for 36.

Stingers stock bowler Mick Treve­nion said the ball was mov­ing so much he did not know where to bowl it.

“I can’t bowl them if I can’t hit the stumps,” Treve­nion said.

“I am bowl­ing leg stump and the ball is wide on the open.”

After tak­ing a sharp caught and bowled chance, Treve­nion got his man after some good bowl­ing and de­cep­tion.

There was nowhere the Colts could get any easy runs and the Stingers tight­ened the screws.

With a wet out­field and a good bowl­ing dis­play from the Stingers, the Colts strug­gled through­out the in­nings and were all out for 89.

At lunch the Stingers were think­ing it would be a walk in the park, but the Colts still thought they could come back and win it.

Colts cap­tain Paul Beu­tel said it was hard to bat on the wicket and it would make it hard for the op­po­si­tion.

“We are only de­fend­ing 89 runs but the con­di­tions just might be in our favour,” Beu­tel said.

“Our bowl­ing at­tack won’t let us down, we will just keep the ball up on a good length and they will find it hard, as we did.”

BradWard and son Ma­son opened the bowl­ing with im­me­di­ate re­sults.

Jake Kim­ber was out for four after fac­ing three balls, Josh Al­lan was out for a duck from three balls and the Colts were think­ing they may be able to re­strict the Stingers to a pretty low score.

Ma­sonWard had taken two quick wick­ets when he pulled a mus­cle in his shoul­der.

“Don’t know what I have done but I have a prob­lem with my arm and that is me for the day,” Ward said.

BradWard bowled very tight for his re­main­ing overs and it looked like there would be a boil over.

The ball was still mov­ing around each way and runs were very had to come by.

Opener Dou­glas Kumar was out for seven after fac­ing 36 balls and the Stingers’ tails were up.

The score was 5 for 48 at drinks and the re­sult was in the bal­ance and it was any­one’s game.

But the Stingers bat well down the or­der and ev­ery bats­man is re­placed by another hit­ter.

With five overs to spare and two wick­ets in hand, the Stingers hit the fi­nal runs needed to win by two wick­ets.

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