Bulls be­come first team into the fi­nal

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

CRICKET: The Bulls have se­cured their place in the 2016–17 Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah Se­nior Cricket Fi­nal in two weeks af­ter over­com­ing the Rebels.

It came down to the last wicket as the Rebels fell just seven runs short of a vic­tory, mean­ing they will play the Stingers in next week’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

Bulls cap­tain Mitch Kirk said the team played well against a re­silient Rebels line-up.

“We were with­out our strike bowler to­day, Jake Din­gle, con­sid­er­ing we were down a few play­ers it has been a good ef­fort,” Kirk said.

“I ac­tu­ally thought we were beaten at one point, it was a close one.

“It’s been a bat­tle be­tween them and us for the last two years and it has al­ways been a good game, al­ways re­ally even and nei­ther team ever dom­i­nates the other.”

If the Rebels man­age to de­feat the Stingers in next week’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, they will have their chance at re­demp­tion by fac­ing the Bulls for the ti­tle.

“They are a good team and ever since they came into the com­pe­ti­tion the lo­cal derby has al­ways been a chal­lenge,” Kirk said.

The Bulls man­aged to wres­tle supremacy away from the Rebels dur­ing the sec­ond in­nings.

“When Shep (Dave Shep­herd) hurt his back, the

It’s been a bat­tle be­tween them and us for the last two years and it has al­ways been a good game. — Mitch Kirk

game turned around for us,” Kirk said.

Shep­herd hurt his back while bat­ting for the Rebels and is con­fi­dent it is noth­ing ma­jor.

The Bulls may still have to fill player spots on the team for the fi­nal in two weeks’ time.

“We might have to deal with miss­ing play­ers again for the fi­nal, mainly be­cause of some wed­dings and what­not go­ing on,” Kirk said.

See­ing the team per­form so well un­der pres­sure and un­der­manned at the week­end has given Kirk ex­tra faith in the team.

The Stingers de­feated the Wan­der­ers in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal played in Mun­dub­bera at the week­end, mak­ing the Wan­der­ers the first team knocked out of this year’s fi­nals series.

The Stingers and Rebels play for the last spot in the fi­nal on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, in Gayn­dah and the grand fi­nal will be played in Mun­dub­bera on Satur­day, March 4.

VIC­TORY: The Bulls were able to de­feat the Rebels in Gayn­dah.

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