Proser­pine wins in low scor­ing match

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THE weekend saw two teams from Proser­pine travel to Bowen on the weekend, with the A grade sides from Proser­pine and Bowen fight­ing it out in a 50 overs a-side match for the Woods Cup.

Af­ter win­ning the Woods Cup from Bur­dekin ear­lier this year, the Bowen team were look­ing to hold onto the tro­phy.

In the A grade game, Bowen won the toss and sent Proser­pine in to bat.

This looked to be the per­fect call as Bowen bowlers dom­i­nated the Proser­pine bats­man, with Arthur Fisk (1/33 from 7 overs) tak­ing an early wicket in just the fourth over.

Scott Hunter (14) and Sam Collingwood (20) showed prom­ise with the bat be­fore Mark Ba­gley (3/28 from 10 overs) and Glen Meier (4/25 from 8 overs) com­bined to re­move Hunter and Collingwood from the crease.

The bowl­ing at­tack from Mark and Glen was re­lent­less, with Proser­pine slump­ing to 8/83 and in great dan­ger of be­ing bowled out for less than 100.

Proser­pine bats­man Bryce Fraser (50 not out) was the star of Proser­pine’s line-up, re­fus­ing to give up his wicket as oth­ers fell around him.

He com­bined with tail-end bats­man Hay­den Rus­sel (12) and David Vick­ers (6) be­fore Shane Dou­glas (2/18 from 9 overs) struck to re­move Rus­sel and Vick­ers and dis­miss Proser­pine for just 136 runs.

Al­though a small to­tal, the ground was not of­fer­ing any value for shots, so 136 was a de­fend­able tar­get. Lee Watts (11) helped Bowen to get off to a fair start, be­fore David Vick­ers (3/23 from 8 overs) and brother Si­mon Vick­ers (1/18 from 5 overs) re­moved Bowen’s first four bats­man to see Bowen placed at 4/ 42 af­ter 12 overs.

This brought about a con­tin­ued col­lapse of wick­ets with Aaron Re­gan re­cov­er­ing from 3 wides in his first over to take 3/17 from 9 overs.

Bran­don Mackie (15) at­tempted to res­ur­rect Bowen’s in­nings and was start­ing to look more com­fort­able be­fore Sam Collingwood (1/20 from 7 overs) struck. At 8/81, Bowen were still within strik­ing dis­tance of the tar­get be­fore Scott Hardy (2/8 from 1 over) claimed the fi­nal two wick­ets in his first over to see Bowen bun­dled out for 89 and Proser­pine win­ners of the Woods Cup.

EX­HI­BI­TION MATCH

In the 40 overs a side B grade ex­hi­bi­tion match, Proser­pine won the toss and elected to bat.

Michael Hope (24) and Dale Men­gel (23) helped Proser­pine to get off to a rea­son­able start be­fore Michael Hope was bowled at­tempt­ing a pull shot and Dale Men­gel caught be­hind with a sharp catch taken by wick­et­keeper Chris Wil­liams keep­ing up to the stumps.

Bowen bowlers showed the value of line and length bowl­ing with Shaun Holditch (2/19 from 5 overs), Jamie Woods (2/10 from 4 overs) and Hay­den Men­zies (2/14 from 4 overs) all shar­ing equally in the wick­ets.

Like the A grade side, Proser­pine looked in dan­ger of be­ing dis­missed for less than 100 be­fore a smart knock from Proser­pine stal­wart Craig Brown (22 not out) saw Proser­pine get to 40 overs and fin­ish on 8/139.

In re­sponse, Bowen bat­ter Scott Leb­herz (18) got his team off to a solid start be­fore a top edge saw him dis­missed from the bowl­ing of Hank Ver­wood (3/31 from 8 overs).

Proser­pine bowler Shane Knight (2/ 20 from 6 overs) was on a ha­trick with con­sec­u­tive LBW dis­missals to have Bowen look­ing shaky at 5 down.

Josh Dyke (3/23 from 8 overs) con­tin­ued to make in­roads into the Bowen line up of­fer­ing al­most un­playable de­liv­er­ies with his bowl­ing length and seam move­ment.

Tony Men­zies (25) tried his best to keep Bowen in the game, how­ever it was to no avail with Craig Brown (1/8 from 2 overs) and Dale Men­gel (1/12 from 3.4 overs) re­mov­ing the tail end to see Bowen all out for 95.

With the Woods Cup go­ing to Proser­pine, Bur­dekin or Bowen may chal­lenge Proser­pine for the Cup at a later date with a match to be held in Proser­pine.

Proser­pine fix­tures will re­sume this Satur­day, with the Cane­cut­ters go­ing up against the War­riors at 12.30pm.

New or re­turn­ing play­ers are en­cour­aged to at­tend as both teams re­quire ex­tra num­bers to field a full side.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Craig Brown on 4945 1983 or Aaron Re­gan on 0400 688 417.

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