Week 1 of the rounds two day matches are mainly evenly poised across all senior men’s grades.
1st grade elected to bowl first against the Sunshine Coast at GMP1 with allrounder Steve McGiffin doing the earl damage with the ball claiming the first two wickets to leave the coast 2 for 31. When number three Lovell was removed by Aiden Watterson for 21 the scorchers were 3 – 65. As the wicket flattened out and the ball got soft, Alecz Day and Blake Maher put on a 119 run partnership before spinner Zac Beveridge has Maher caught on the deep mid wicket fence for 67. Alecz Day was later removed by Watterson for 80 caught behind by Snell for 80. Some late order aggression by Clark – Burnham 62 from 64 ball helped get the coast up to be 302 when they were bowled out with 6 over remaining in the day. McGiffin (4), Murphy (2), Watterson (2) and Beveridge (2) all contributed to the wickets column. West had a tricky 6 over period to get through with both openers Smith and Snell departing leaving wests 2-9.
2nd grade had a solid day with the bat up the sunshine coast finishing the day at 9 – 283 with Max Carlyon (69) and skipper Nick Vellacott 81not out the main contributors.
3rd grade toiled hard with ball in hand having Sandgate Redcliffe 9 – 234 at the end of the day’s play on GMP2. Spinner Nathan Kerr bowled a mammoth 35 overs taking 4 – 97. Declan Curran snared 2 – 11 with both Will Dooley and Mitch Pearce both getting a wicket each.
5th grade also spent the afternoon in the field against Sandgate at Chelmer having the gators 8 – 184 at the end of the day’s play. Alan Wrigley was the man with the ball taking a 5 wicket haul finishing with 5 – 38 from 17 overs. Captain and club stalwart Steve Gramenz as always was in the wickets with 2 – 32.
6th grade are in a tight tussle at Dixon Oval against Sandgate having bowled then out for 141 with Nick Purser taking 4 – 24 and Advaith Suresh snaring 3 – 31 being the main wicket takers. Skipper Luke Donaldson also chipped in with 2 – 14. In reply wests are hoping for 1 big partnership this week after finishing 4 – 20 in reply.