Three wickets in one over has team in deep trouble in final
CRICKET: Captain Sean Bryson was the toast of Allora after match-winning figures of 7-26 off seven overs at the Queens Park synthetic in the reserve-grade grand final against Sovereign Animals on Saturday.
Water got under the cover at Mayhew Oval on the Friday night and the game was moved to the synthetic.
The boundary was brought in 10 metres on a section of the eastern side which was too wet to be part of the field of play.
Batting first, Allora got away to a good start with wicketkeeper Tim Kajewski hitting a 30 after opening the batting.
Aaron Veitheer made 56 and Gavan Scheiwe 42 in an Allora score of 7-185. Sovereign Animals captain Luke Cullen took 3-27 to be the best bowler two weeks running.
Chasing 186 to win, Sovereign was 1-54 with Mitch Hay and Damien Canning set.
On came Bryson and he took three wickets in five balls with his off spinners on the way to 7-26. Except for two sixes, he would have only conceded 14 runs in seven overs.
The grand final was a personal triumph for Bryson who is a student at Assumption College but leads a team of predominately older players in the Warwick Cricket Association. Going on the scores, he chose exactly the right thing to bowl himself in what was a match-winning move.
Mitch Hay hit 40 in the Sovereign score of 82.
Bryson said after the game that he worked a lot of his flight and variations on Saturday.
"I was happy with how we batted to score 185 as the synthetic wicket was skiddy early from the overnight rain,” he said.
"The wicket was better to bat on later in the day.”
Sovereign team organiser Laurie Wagner said he thought 186 was a target his team could chase, particularly on synthetic.
"We handled their opening bowlers well but Sean bowled well for Allora, especially his quicker ball,” Wagner said.