Proserpine wins in low scoring match
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.
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.