Tense fight de­cides T20 tri­umph

The Publi­cans take on Rope­hill in the grand fi­nal of the R&F Steel com­pe­ti­tion

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Nathan Greaves [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

CRICKET: The Rope­hill T20 team con­cluded their sixth premier­ship with a crush­ing con­quest on the pitch.

The R&F Steel Build­ings T20 grand fi­nal show­down be­tween The Publi­cans and Rope­hill took place at Up­per Tent Hill on last week­end.

Each team was ea­ger to prove their worth, as both had fallen short of the ti­tle at last year’s event.

Hav­ing al­ready bested the Publi­can side in the very first matchup of this sea­son, the Rope­hill team were al­ready feel­ing con­fi­dent as they set out to bat, and right­fully so.

“There was a wicket in the first five overs,” Rope­hill player Ro­han Janke said.

“Rope­hill got off to a great start, much in re­gard to Chris Natal­ier who ended up scor­ing 126.”

By the end of their twenty overs, Rope­hill had al­ready accumulate­d a com­mand­ing score of 250.

“When the Publi­cans went out to bat, we got some quick wick­ets,” Ro­han said.

He and his brother, team cap­tain Jar­ryd Janke, both scored two wick­ets each.

This has been one of our best years. It’s prob­a­bly the best.

— Ro­han Janke

Thanks to the ef­forts of the Rope­hill bowlers, The Publi­cans only man­aged a score of 195 dur­ing their twenty overs, en­sur­ing vic­tory for the ec­static Rope­hil side.

Rope­hill have played to­gether since the lo­cal T20 com­pe­ti­tion started in 2009, with this be­ing their sixth premier­ship.

“This has been one of our best years,” Ro­han said, “It’s prob­a­bly the best.”

He said he was grate­ful to the event’s spon­sors, R&F Steel, and Betta Elec­tri­cal from Gat­ton.

He also ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the huge turnout from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“It was great to see 100-plus spec­ta­tors there, fam­i­lies of all ages cheer­ing on both sides,” he said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

VICTORS: The Rope­hill team, win­ners of the 2019 R&F Steel build­ings T20 cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

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