Proser­pine downs Bowen in first in­ter-town match

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CRICKET

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.

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