Proserpine downs Bowen in first inter-town match
TWO teams travelled down from Bowen on the weekend to play two Proserpine teams in the first inter-town match of the season at the Kelsey Creek Sports Complex.
In the A-grade match, Bowen batted first and they were looking a little vulnerable on 4/79 thanks to some great bowling by Proserpine opening bowler David Vickers (3/31 from 8 overs).
Bowen’s opener Lee Watts (46) helped steady the ship before Steve Knight (2/35 from 8 overs) trapped Lee in front to have him out LBW.
Cohen Crocker picked up where Watts left off with a wellmade 47 but after his dismissal the Bowen batting order collapsed with Aaron Regan (4/22 from 8 overs) tearing through the lower order to have Bowen all out for 141.
In response, Proserpine struggled early on with Bowen bowlers Aaron Fisk (2/41 from 8 overs) and Anthony Evans (2/33 from 8 overs), striking early to have Proserpine off to a shaky start on 3/27.
Opener Scott Hunter (50) and Bryce Fraser (34) got Proserpine back into the match before Glen Meier (2/35 from 4 overs) had Fraser caught from a good delivery.
A quick succession of wickets followed to have Bowen right back into the match with Proserpine requiring 14 runs with only 2 wickets left in the shed.
Vickers brothers Simon (11 not out) and David (7 not out) combined to ensure that Proserpine reached the total to win by 2 wickets and man of the match was awarded to Aaron Regan for his deadly spell of bowling.
The other game saw the Proserpine Lucht family combine in a comprehensive win against the Bowen side.
Father Brian and his three sons Cory, Joel and Grant played together for the first and possibly the last time in a cricket match.
Proserpine batted first and lost two early wickets to be on 2/ 46 thanks to great bowling from Josh Yasso (2/25 from 5 overs).
Opener David Hobson (74) teamed up with Joel Lucht (52) to put Proserpine on the front foot before Jamie Woods (2/20 from 6 overs) had Lucht out caught.
Joel’s father Brian Lucht (21 not out) and Ryan Edkins (17 not out) teamed up in the lower order to see Proserpine finish with the commanding total of 8/246 after their 40 overs. Chasing a big total was never going to be easy for Bowen, however their quest was made even harder with Proserpine bowlers Chris Wren (1 for 6 from 4 overs), Joel Lucht (2 for 17 from 4 overs) and Ryan Edkins (2/14 from 5 overs) terrorising the Bowen upper order to have Bowen struggling on 5/27.
Only Jared Gonzales (17) and Jamie Woods (21 not out) offered any resistance to the Proserpine attack, before Scott Hardy (3 for 5 from 3 overs) ripped through the tail end to have Bowen out for 143 runs short of the total.
Man of the match went to David Hobson with his great opening stand of 74 runs for Proserpine.
This weekend will see the resumption of normal cricket fixtures, with the last match before the Christmas break to be played between Warriors and Canecutters.
The game will commence at 12.30pm with any new or returning players welcome to join in for a game before Christmas.
Further information can be obtained by calling Craig Brown on 4945 1983 or Aaron Regan on 0400 688 417.
EYES ON THE BALL: Proserpine batsman Scott Hunter prepares to play a cut shot against Bowen.