T20 Ban­dits make the fi­nal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE IGA Tav­ern Ban­dits em­phat­i­cally locked in a spot in the in­au­gu­ral Mud­dies Big Bash fi­nal af­ter knock­ing the B Team Blasters out of con­tention.

The Ban­dits will meet the Sher­a­ton Five Stars in what will be a great night of short form cricket. The Blasters won the toss and sent the Ban­dits boys in to bat, hop­ing to re­strict the run rate and set up a mea­sured chase. The de­ci­sion looked to be a sound one with reg­u­lar wick­ets fall­ing for the Ban­dits who were at one stage five for 44 af­ter some tight bowl­ing by ev­er­green Keith Tay­lor (2 for 8 off 2 overs).

A big hit­ting part­ner­ship be­tween Kain (18) and Johnny (27) took the score to 88 with Bucket adding more valu­able runs to get the fi­nal score to 128 off 18 overs.

Mark Barnes and Jonathan Ga­gen bowled well to take 2 for 16 and 2 for 19 re­spec­tively and re­strict the big hit­ting Ban­dits to a get­table score. The chase never re­ally got off the ground for the Blasters with some tight bowl­ing and great field­ing chok­ing the B Team out of the com­pe­ti­tion. Seven of the Blasters bat­ters con­ceded less than five runs off their al­lot­ted two overs and only Ben (19), Hay­den and all-rounder Mark mak­ing dou­ble fig­ures, the poorly ti­tled Blasters com­pleted their 20 overs scor­ing just 70 runs. The re­sult en­sures the IGA spon­sored team will take on the Sher­a­ton team in what will be a high scor­ing fi­nal af­ter over 260 runs were scored in the pool game be­tween the two teams.A cur­tain raiser will be held be­tween lo­cal Mud­dies ju­niors start­ing at 3.45 with the main event to tee off at 7.00.

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