Spoils shared in Darling Downs challenge
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.”