Spoils shared in Dar­ling Downs chal­lenge

Gatton Star - - SPORT -

CRICKET: Hon­ours were split dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral stag­ing of the Dar­ling Downs and South West Queens­land Open Cricket Chal­lenge.

City was able to strike first on Satur­day dur­ing the 50-over match with a dom­i­nant bowl­ing dis­play to open pro­ceed­ings.

Drew Hutchin­son tore his Coun­try op­po­nents to shreds early in the con­test.

He went on to fin­ish with fig­ures of 5-20 from his seven overs, claim­ing five of Coun­try’s top seven bats­men.

Af­ter find­ing them­selves at 6-14, Coun­try’s Shan­ley Nuen­dorf and Nick Brown stead­ied the ship with a much-needed 25-run stand.

Af­ter Nuen­dorf fell for 17,and Brown held on for as long as he could on his way to a team-high 38 runs, be­fore the side was dis­missed for 100.

City had no prob­lems chas­ing down the mod­est to­tal, thanks to strong in­nings from Bryce Priebe (37 runs) and Chris Hall (59 not out).

Coun­try wasn’t go­ing to go home empty handed, and re­sponded well in the next match to land the Twenty20 prize.

Af­ter send­ing their op­po­nents into bat first, Coun­try’s bowlers came out fir­ing, re­strict­ing City to 8-131 from its 20 overs.

City coach Kent Reimers, who also has been named to coach the DDSWQ Bulls Masters T20 team, said the two games had a bit of ev­ery­thing.

“It was an odd week­end. In the one-dayer we bowled them out for 100 and chased it down quite eas­ily,” Reimers said.

“Dane bowled quite well and had them on the back foot from the start. Chris (Hall) bat­ted re­ally well also.

“In the T20 we went out and bat­ted and got off to a good start and then faded a bit.

“The two coun­try boys, Tully Wil­son and Chris Gil­lam, chased it down re­ally well.”

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