Lead hangs in balance
Stingers victors by two wickets in humid conditions
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.