TSS too good for Gram­mar

RGS coach proud of team’s ef­forts in 2017

The Morning Bulletin - - SPORT - Pam McKay pam.mckay@cap­news.com.au

CRICKET: Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar School Firxt XI’s tilt at the Queens­land T20 ti­tle was brought un­done un­der lights at the city’s cricket ground on Mon­day night.

The home side was out­classed by a qual­ity out­fit from The South­port School, who were at their brilliant best es­pe­cially with pink ball in hand.

The grand fi­nal brought to­gether the win­ners of the south­ern and north­ern cricket con­fer­ences.

TSS bat­ted first, post­ing an im­pres­sive to­tal of 142. RGS strug­gled in the run chase but showed some real de­ter­mi­na­tion to stay at the crease, fin­ish­ing at 8-56 at the end of their 20 overs.

RGS started the game well, its open­ing bowlers Lo­gan Whit­field and Leighton Mil­burn com­bin­ing to take three early wick­ets.

But that brought Josh Kann to the wicket who got the vis­i­tors back on track with a swash­buck­ling 61.

Kann also ter­rorised RGS with the ball, tak­ing three vi­tal top-order wick­ets to have the lo­cals reel­ing.

RGS cap­tain Ger­ard Mo­ri­arty was hum­ble in de­feat, ac­knowl­edg­ing what was a first-class dis­play from the op­po­si­tion.

“It didn’t go our way today but all credit to TSS. They played clin­i­cal cricket; they bat­ted very smart and all bowled how you would ask them to as a cap­tain.

“I think we had them un­der the pump bowl­ing first and that’s ex­actly what we wanted to do. It was just un­for­tu­nate that our bat­ting couldn’t come up today.

“We didn’t start very well, we lost a few wick­ets too early and they had the mo­men­tum.”

Mo­ri­arty brought some sta­bil­ity in the mid­dle, one of only two RGS bats­men to reach dou­ble fig­ures.

RGS coach Todd Wells said he could not be dis­ap­pointed about the grand fi­nal de­feat.

“We’re very proud of the team’s ef­forts – to be the North Queens­land cham­pi­ons is a great feather in our cap.

“They gave it all they could and that’s all you can re­ally ex­pect. They were out­classed by a bet­ter side on the night.

“Josh Kann was out­stand­ing. He bowled well but his bat­ting was tech­ni­cally very cor­rect and he hit the ball very cleanly.

“He was prob­a­bly the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides.”

PHOTO: DAVID THOM­SON

CLASS DE­LIV­ERY: Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar's Jack Har­ris tears in against The South­port School in the Queens­land T20 fi­nal at the Rock­hamp­ton Cricket Ground.

PHOTO: DAVID THOM­SON

Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar bats­man Leighton Mil­burn faces up against the TSS at­tack.

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