Rascals make it four wins in Warwick cricket
CRICKET: Jamie Holmes is upbeat about the season hopes for the Railway Hotel Rascals from Allora after his side scored a 120-run victory against Sovereign Animals at Slade Park yesterday.
Holmes took over as captain in the absence of regular skipper Brad Johnson.
It was the team's first win without Johnson.
Batting first, Rascals made 202, Jake Christensen leading the way with 40.
James Moore made 36 and Liam Keating 25.
Sovereign finished with a team hat-trick, a run-out off the third-last ball of the innings, then wickets by Glenn Doyle with successive balls.
Doyle took 3-29 off seven overs and Josh Klein and Matt Charles took two wickets each.
Sovereign struggled in the run chase except for 23 by Josh Klein.
Klein looked set to give his team a chance for victory until caught brilliantly at slip by Nick Van Der Poel off the bowling of Holmes.
Henry Gartery took 4-30 off six overs in his best performance in senior cricket.
Gartery joined with Van Der Poel to run out Sovereign player Alan Wells.
Holmes had high praise for the bowling of Gartery.
"It was his best bowling for our team, he is doing well and is still at school," he said.
"I am proud of the boys and how we have recorded four wins, it is amazing what a bit of confidence can do."
At the end of the fixture season, the top-four teams will play off for A-grade and the bottom three for the reserve-grade trophy.
Holmes is in no mood to be happy in the easier reserve-grade competition.
"We want to make the A-grade finals ," he said.
The Condamine Cup club cricket competition is evolving into three groups, Maryvale Condamine with seven wins, Wheatvale, Allora and Railway Hotel Rascals with four wins, and the bottom three, Sovereign Animals, Warwick Hotel Colts and Inglewood with one win.
But things could change quickly after the festive season, especially if there are no wash-outs.
Club cricket will now go into recess until January 9-10.