Cricket comp gets crack­ing

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

CRICKET: With a group of ea­ger crick­eters at the Proser­pine Cricket Grounds on Satur­day, the first warm up match for the sea­son took place between two ran­domly se­lected teams named the Ban­dits and the Mili­tia.

The game was an 18-over a side match.

Bat­ting first, the Mili­tia got off to a solid start with young­ster Re­gan Knight (26) and re­turn­ing player Clint Tay­lor (45 not out) putting on an open­ing stand of 58 for the first wicket.

Nick Cantrill (1-13) made the break­through, sneak­ing a de­liv­ery past Re­gan to rat­tle the tim­ber.

This brought Liam Davies (56 not out) to the crease who com­bined well with opener Clint Tay­lor to put a fur­ther 78 runs on the board for Mili­tia.

New­comer Ricky Parslow looked dan­ger­ous with the ball, swing­ing and mov­ing it both ways, how­ever was not awarded with a wicket for his ef­forts. The Mili­tia fin­ished their 18 overs with a com­pet­i­tive to­tal of 1-136.

In re­ply, Ban­dits were strong in their open­ing stance with Parslow im­press­ing with the bat to fin­ish the game on 76 not out.

If the first match is any­thing to go by, Parslow may be a force in the 2017/2018 com­pe­ti­tion.

He com­bined with Matthew Camm (38) to put on 85 runs for the open­ing wicket be­fore Ben Davis (1-24) made the break­through.

Aaron Re­gan (1-23) and Re­gan Knight (1-31) man­aged to grab wick­ets for them­selves, how­ever it was not enough with Parslow hold­ing his bat through the in­nings and Shane Knight (38) pro­vid­ing some late as­sis­tance to see the Ban­dits fin­ish on 3-175 from their 18 overs and fin­ish easy vic­tors.

This Satur­day will see one fi­nal prac­tice match be­fore the first round of fix­tures get un­der way.

The match will start at 12.30pm at the Proser­pine Cricket Grounds. New or re­turn­ing play­ers are wel­come and can phone Craig Brown (4945 1983) or Dale Men­gel (0410 895 191).

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

CLEAN BOWLED: Shane Knight was clean bowled by Aaron Re­gan af­ter scor­ing 38 against the Mili­tia on Satur­day.

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