Minor premiers race down to the wire

Amrick Singh comes into bowl for Victoria Hill at Queens Park. Pictures by Chris Munro

By Tania Phillips

With one round to go defending premiers Redbacks have moved to within one point of Warwick and District Cricket’s Condamine Cup leaders Victoria Hill after a solid win over Wheatvale at the weekend.

The win has set up a final round showdown for the minor premiership with Redbacks and Victoria Hill set to meet at Queens Park this weekend.

Winning the toss and electing to bat on Slade Park, Wheatvale were back in the pavilion for 142 in the 37th over with opener Lachlan Boal top scoring with 40 while Jack Drewery took three for 23 off eight overs for Redbacks.

In reply Redback passed their total in the 28th over with the loss of just four wickets. Tom Allison carried his bat to remain not out on 70 while Steven Grogan, batting at five, remained not out on 42. Chris Cantwell took 2-25 off eight overs.

Colts stayed in third place on the ladder, losing just one wicket and needing just 14 overs to pass Victoria Hill’s first innings total of just 95.

Winning the toss and batting only number eight Tim Exelby showed any real from remaining not out on 28 as the Colts bowlers dominated. Maugan Benn took 3-10 off five while Shaun O’Leary’s 3-24 came off just under five overs.

Colts then passed their total with the loss of one wicket with opener James Saunders not out on 25 and fellow opening John Cleary playing a dashing role with a quickfire 57 off 40 balls before he was bowled by Nicholas Webber.

At Keith K.O Masters Oval, in the battle between fifth and sixth, Allora Green Ants proved just a little too strong for Sovereign Animals. Green Ants put on 9-210 in 40 overs with lower order batsman Jason Manttan to scoring, not out for 50 and Joseph Wagner taking 3-38 off eight for Animals.

In reply Animals were all out for 183 with Matthew Higgins 4-31 off six overs.