Wins heat up final race
WINS to both Isis Cricket Club sides have helped set up a tantalising race to the Division 3 Premiership finals.
The Bundaberg Cricket Association competition is as tight as they come, with only 10 points separating first from fifth.
More importantly to local players, less than half a point separates the White and Green sides, and you can be certain players will be keeping a close eye on their rivals’ results.
Isis White’s Rhett Pope hammered 81 in his side’s big win over Brothers White on Saturday.
Not only was it a quality knock for Pope, but the runs helped reap crucial bonus points for the club, which is fifth on 95.63.
“We needed those runs to get more bonus points and keep us in touch,” Pope said.
Pope said the ideal situation would see the club’s sides finish third and fourth, which would avoid an Isis derby in the first week of the finals.
Rod Jensen said the club wouldn’t get too far ahead of itself, but with only four games left admitted now was the time to make their move.
If there’s any date to keep an eye on it is February 21, when the final Isis derby of the season is set to be played at Bundaberg’s Salter Oval.
There are still two games between now and then, but that game could determine which Isis club will finish higher.
“The pressure’s on (Green) as we’re coming home strong,” Jensen said.
“Our top five or six have been batting well.
“This was my first game as captain so I’m still getting used to it.
“It wouldn’t be so bad if you kept the same side each week, but our top six hasn’t really changed.
“Our fielding has improved enormously too.
“We haven’t dropped any catches for a few weeks and that let us down early.”
RHETT, SET, GO: Rhett Pope smashed 81 to set up Isis White’s big total against Brothers White. Pope said he was happy with how he played.