Shepherd sizzles with bat and ball
REBELS SET UP WIN WITH INSURMOUNTABLE 354 RUNS
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.
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.