CHAMPIONS: A four off the last ball of the innings secured a win for the Palace Cows at Briggs Oval in the social final.
CHAMPIONS: A four off the last ball of the innings secured a win for the Palace Cows at Briggs Oval in the social final. Gerard Walsh

Team treats social grade win like a Test match victory

CRICKET: After 26 years, the Palace Cows have finally won some silverware with Bevan Henningsen hitting a four off the last ball of the match to secure a one-run win in the Australia Day Weekend Cricket Carnival.

Even their pub closing didn't stop the Cows from keeping on year after year.

In the past, they once conceded 700 runs in a 50-over game but the start of the social competition has been just what the doctor ordered for the Cows.

In the main competition, the Ring Ins team won their fourth title and their first for more than a decade.

In the social final at Briggs Oval, Digglers were chasing a fourth successive carnival win and made 120 with Dylan Ready scoring a classy half century.

Keegan Burchmann was the best bowler for the Cows with three wickets.

Needing 121 to win, Palace Cows were 3-87 and then needed 27 runs off 27 balls with six wickets in hand. Three wickets fell for no runs and the Cows looked to be faltering.

Mark Fischer bowled a good over and the Cows needed 17 off the final two overs

Bevan Henninghen was a Warwick bank manager before being transferred to Roma and returned to his old hometown and had the hopes of his team in his hands.

He hit a four off the first ball of the 19th over and then he and partner Andrew Dagg hit three singles before Dagg was caught and bowled leaving Cows needing 10 in one over.

Digglers started the last over with a wide, Henningsen hit a four, Bradden Barlow took a single, another wide was bowled and with one ball left, Cows needed three to win.

Henningsen got the ball away backyard of square leg for a four and the win seemed just as important to the Cows as was a Test win for the Australians last week in Brisbane.

Batting first at Slade Park in the main competition final, Ring Ins, from Casino, scored 144 with Gus McLennan top scoring with 26.

David Kercheval took 3-24, Mitchell Small 2-23, Kieren Gibbs 2-14 and Paul Smart 2-18 for a Bears/Small's XI team chasing their ninth carnival victory.

Jason Myers then took three quick wickets and Bears/Small's were 3-7 off three overs.

Former Brisbane A-grader Kieren Gibbs looked good with 31 and Adam Byrne made 24 but it wasn't enough and Ring Ins won by 50 runs. Myers finished with 3-14 off four overs. Six times winners Stunned Mullets finished third and Summers fourth.

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