T20 Wrap Up and Duke Season
The Premier Grade T20 competition finished its regular fixtures post-Christmas break with the Toombul Bulls playing Gold Coast and Souths to finish. Sitting at 1 win from 4 games finals were a longshot but pride was everything.
Being asked to bat first on a deteriorating wicket vs the Dolphins Preston White and Harrison McNeilly consolidated at the top to ensure a good platform to launch from at the back end of the innings. With the spinning wicket providing difficult the boys managed to set a target of 125. The bowlers started well and kept the run rate well below the required with Dan Crantich producing a fiery spell to finish with an economical 1/21 (4). Along with Tom Nicholson (0/17 off 4) the target was defended right until the last over of the innings.
The following day Ken Mackay Oval was back in action with history showing its thirst to host high scoring affairs. With the toss won by Souths the chose to bat and the bowlers were back at it restricting Souths to a powerplay run rate of around 6 rpo. The scoring pace had to improve which was a hard task to manage against wily bowling from Harrison McNeilly (2/21 off 3). A last flourish saw Souths set 144 for victory. The early loss of Preston White for just 9 was almost compounded by an easy chance gifted by McNeilly only for the catch to be dropped. A costly move with McNeilly blasting 66 off 44 to set up the chase which was put to bed by solid innings from Mitch Hammond (25*) and Pranab Susurla (22*). A win for the Red, White and Blue to end the white ball season for 2019/20.
Although the Premier Grade team won’t feature in the T20 finals the commencement of “Duke’s” Season in the two-day competition has the bowlers grinning from ear to ear. The bowler friendly reputation of the red balls will be tested at Ken Mackay Oval First Grade hosting 3 off their last 5 games at Oxenham Park. Two coasts (Sunny Coast and Gold Coast), Magpies (Souths), The Varsity (Uni) and Valleydome (Valleys) all remain in the path of the Bulls to sneak their way up the ladder and contest come March.