Shep­herd siz­zles with bat and ball

REBELS SET UP WIN WITH IN­SUR­MOUNT­ABLE 354 RUNS

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYN­DAH Rebels ended the 2014 cricket year with a dom­i­nant dis­play over Mun­dub­bera Stingers after a cen­tury from man of the match, David Shep­herd.

Set a win­ning score of 354 runs the Stingers were never in the hunt.

With the game moved to the Mun­dub­bera School Oval, the en­tire play­ing area was about as big as the nor­mal in­ner cir­cle and the Gayn­dah team took full ad­van­tage.

With Ben Slack on fire and Greg Baker play­ing a sup­port­ing role the open­ing part­ners quickly raced to 44 be­fore Steve Trott bowled Baker (2) to break the part­ner­ship.

In the fol­low­ing over, Steven Zahl fell for a duck and the home side thought they had a sniff.

Again in the next over opener Slack was out for 29.

This brought the Gayn­dah Cap­tain Lex Web­ster and Shep­herd to­gether and they knuck­led down to a part­ner­ship that would be bro­ken 170 runs later.

Shep­herd fell LBW on 104 and Web­ster also was out LBW for 60.

Web­ster said his boys had come to Mun­dub­bera with the drive to lead the com­pe­ti­tion at the end of the year.

“We re­ally got on top of the bowl­ing early and the runs came off the bat all af­ter­noon,” Web­ster said.

“All the play­ers con­cen­trated hard on the job and it showed in the score­book.”

After that the dam­age was done but the tail still wagged and the to­tal of nine for 353 was never go­ing to be beaten.

Lee Voss and Ja­cob Kim­ber opened for the Stingers and were quickly back in the shed, Voss for 11 and Kim­ber for 4 fol­lowed by Mick Treve­nion for a duck, all bowled by Dave Shep­herd.

Troy Voss was bowled by Young for nine and Schulte for 10.

The only real re­sis­tance came from Dou­glas Kumah who car­ried his bat and re­mained not out for 23.

Josh Al­lan and Jay­den Starkey had a part­ner­ship of seven be­fore they were both bowled in the same over by the Rebels’ cap­tain, Lex Web­ster.

Ryan Trot said the Stingers were dis­ap­pointed with their per­for­mance.

“I wanted to take a good win into 2015 be­cause the com­pe­ti­tion is heat­ing up and we could have been on top,” he said.

The game was trans­ferred to the school oval to give Martin Love Oval a rest after a long 2014 sea­son of rugby league, cricket and touch.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

SO CLOSE: Dou­glas Kumah lets one go through to the keeper and only just sur­vives.

Ethan Shep­pard is a young man that has a long way to go in the great game of cricket.

LexWeb­ster takes two wick­ets in one over to skit­tle the tail of the Stingers.

Beau Milne take a swipe at the slower ball from David Shep­herd and is caught out for 1 run.

Josh Al­lan drives a ball straight to the field in the heat of the mo­ment.

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