Bulls charge to 'clinical' win
IN WHAT can only be described as a clinical and dominant display the GJ Gardner Warwick Bulls team defeated Toowoomba Wests at Captain Cook Oval on Sunday.
Warwick captain Jeff Morris won the toss and elected to bowl first on the perfect batting pitch. The Toowoomba side got off to a solid start and were one for 43 at first drinks, with Jordan Siebenhausen grabbing the only wicket to fall in the first session.
With Toowoomba travelling well at one for 80 in the 25th over a score of over 200 looked very possible.
Mid way through the second session Toowoomba Wests collapsed to firstly lose five for 35 and stumble to be six for 115 before being bowled out in the 49th over for 148.
Campbell Rathie top-scored for Wests with 30 and his fellow opener Dale Samuelson scored 23.
Leading the fight-back by Warwick was swing bowler Dave Walker who in his best Representative return took five for 22 off his 10 overs. Dave was well supported by veteran Jim Callaghan who returned to finish his 10 over spell with figures of three for 24.
Great catches by Jim Callaghan, Luke Cullen, Jamie Saunders and wicketkeeper Tony Burke helped to lift the Warwick side in the field.
Chasing a score of 148 can often prove difficult as it is tempting to go for broke to secure maximum bonus points. It was decided that a cautious and solid start for the first 17 overs would be a smarter approach.
Opening batsmen Jeff Morris and Jamie Saunders did exactly this and were no wicket down for 45 at first drinks break.
It was decided with a solid batting line-up that the run rate would be increased so as to secure a bonus point by achieving a victory before the40th over.
By second drinks at the 34th over Warwick were 131 without loss and only required 18 runs in five overs to secure a bonus point. Jamie Saunders top-scored with 75 off 102 deliveries including five boundaries and Jeff Morris 53 not out off 87 deliveries and included three boundaries.
Captain Jeff Morris bought up his half century and victory with a boundary off the first ball of the 39th over. Jordan Siebenhausen was the only other batsmen required for Warwick and remained six not out. With bowling the opposition out the Warwick side secured six competition points from the match.
"Congratulations to Jeff Morris and the whole team as everyone contributed to the win and played as a team. Other results will now dictate whether the Warwick side qualify for the Final when last round fixtures take place on the 15th January," said team manager Col O'Brien.