CRICKET: T20 cricket sometimes comes down to the last over or two and that was definitely the case yesterday when the margin was 13 runs or less in three of the four semi-finals in the Condamine Sports Club Australia Day Cricket Carnival.
With four semi finals, teams had to win and have one of the two biggest run margins to make the grand final.
Marbuck's XI restricted Blue Cow to 77 and then scored 166 to have a winning margin of 89.
Keegan Hooper hit 50 off 17 balls and James Jerome 44 to set up the batting performance.
Some of Hooper's sixes landed in the long jump pits at Hamilton Oval, a big hit for a left-hander lifting the ball over square leg.
The closest semi was at Slade Park with WBAS and Bears/Small's XI playing a game that went down to the final ball.
In the end, the scorers consulted for a while before WBAS were declared the winners by one run.
At Queens Park, Hulk's XI were looking a strong chance of victory against Summers before Andrew Ryan and Kev Poole were dismissed in quick succession.
It got down to 13 needed in two balls and the bowler didn't get it wrong with a wide or no ball. Hulk's XI took one off the last ball to go down by 11.
At Briggs Oval, Stunned Mullets scored 147 off 20 overs to the 134 by Mitch's XI, just enough to secure a win and a place in the final.
Three less runs by Stunned Mullets and Summers would have been in their first carnival final.
DION Galloway has won the player of the carnival award.
He starred with social competition winners Digglers.
Marbuck's XI player Jeb Jerome was judged all rounder of the carnival.
Lachlan Gross won the player of the final award in the competitive grade and Galloway won the same award in the social final.
Brodie Frizzell took the most wickets with 10 and won the longest throw award.
Nathan Case had most runs, 181, Paul Raumer best bowling with 6-7 and Matt May the highest score with 126.
To cap off a great weekend for the May family, Matt's brother Adam had the batting average with 126.
Galloway and John Hohenhaus took hat-tricks and Dave Duroux had an outstanding bowling average of 4.5, the best of the carnival. Peter Rettke won the prize for most ducks/lowest aggregate.
First - Stunned Mullets
Second - Marbuck's XI
Third - Summers XI
Fourth - WBAS XI
Social winners - Digglers