Warwick RSL cricketers win again in battle with Queensland Cricketers Club
CRICKET: The Warwick RSL beat the Queensland Cricketers Club on Saturday at Slade Park to retain the Bill Hoiberg Trophy.
Warwick RSL has now won the trophy in six of the past seven games. Warwick captain David Gavin won the toss and elected to bat on a perfect day and a very good batting pitch.
RSL Diggers stalwarts Jeff Morris and Darren Byrne opened the batting and got Warwick off to a safe and steady start to be 38 at first drinks. After drinks, the run rate increased before Morris was dismissed for 37 (three fours) with the team score at 75.
Gavin was next to be dismissed for a duck to QCC captain Nev Taylor out lbw trying to hit over square leg.
At second drinks (34th over), Warwick had progressed to be 2-110. When Colin O’Brien (18) fell, the score was 3-123, Chris Cantwell played a late innings cameo for 33 runs off 21 balls including two sixes and three fours. Top scoring for Warwick was Darren Byrne with 48 not out (four fours) and Scott McLennan 40 not out (two fours) in a team total of 9-206 off 50 overs.
Best of the QCC bowlers were Darren Santer with 3-12 off eight overs and Nev Taylor 1-23 off eight overs.
After the lunch break, QCC set about the run chase and started well with former NSW and Qld Shield player Peter Clifford hitting 20 runs, including four fours, before being bowled by Jamie Holmes.
Last ball before first drinks, Mark Fischer claimed the important wicket of Shamus Robertson for 13 to have QCC 3-73 while still being ahead on run rate.
First ball after drinks Holmes claimed another vital wicket to have Darren Santer (28) caught well by Chris Cantwell and QCC was 4-73. A late onslaught by Tim Beitz (34) which included six fours was not enough to get QCC across the line as they were dismissed for 168.
There was great fielding by the whole Warwick team. Classic catches by Jeff Morris at point and Chris Cantwell at deep square leg were significant moments in a comfortable 38-run win.
Best bowlers for Warwick were Jamie Holmes 3-26 off eight overs, Chris Cantwell 3-21 off seven overs and Scott McLennan 2-26 off seven overs.
Player of the match for Warwick was Darren Byrne for his 48 not out and the QCC player of the match was Darren Santer for his 3-12 with the ball and 28 with the bat. – Colin O’Brien