Warwick retains Hoiberg trophy

THE Hoiberg Trophy will remain in Warwick for another year after an emphatic eight-wicket win over the QCC XI.

The Warwick RSL XI, captained by local legend Don Warrener, won the toss and had no hesitation sending the opposition in to bat first on a patchy and dry looking pitch.

Warwick opening bowlers Jeff Morris 2/11 and Paul Bourke 3/11 got early and frequent wickets and had the QCC side 5 for 22 at first drinks break.

After drinks, first change bowlers Col O'Brien 2/4 and Dave Gavin 1/7 continued the good early start and had the visitors reeling at 8 for 29.

Ross Chapman, who has just been selected to represent Australia for the over 60s team in England, top-scored with a patient 25 runs.

QCC were dismissed for 70 runs in the 43rd over when Peter Kimmince 2/3 took the last wicket to fall.

In response Tim Sutton 1 and Jeff Morris 10 opened the batting and were back in the pavilion with the score at 2 for 16.

However this was to be the last wicket to fall for Warwick as Dave Gavin 40no and George Campbell 20no added 60 runs in an unbroken third wicket stand.

Gavin hit two sixes and four fours in his player of the match performance to go with 1 for 7 with the ball and a catch at gully.

Opening bowler for QCC Pat Dempsey, with 2/20 off six overs, was the best for the visitors' attack.

The highlight of the day was three magnificent catches at short leg (bat pad) by Warwick player Rod Neal.

Two were reflex grabs and the other diving forward at full stretch to take the ball only centimetres from the ground.

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