Central Burnett second in winter T20 comp
THE Central Burnett XI has claimed second in the four-team winter Twenty20 competition in Maryborough after a pair of wins on Sunday.
In the first game, Bundaberg proved to be an especially difficult foe to put away, as they unleashed their fearsome battery of fast bowlers against a top-order which wilted under the pace, notwithstanding captain Lex Webster's 15.
At 4-34, things looked grim for Central Burnett, before Carlos Mendoza and Kurtis Young united for a steadying 29-run partnership.
Mendoza looked like he was about to explode, having just deposited an enormous six into the carpark over the clubhouse, before he was deceived by a slower one next ball, caught for 21.
However, Young was still around and, like Allan Border against the West Indies in the 1980s, looked a class above the rest and dragged his side to a respectable total, eventually being dismissed for 45.
Central Burnett had kept Bundaberg to a low total the previous time the teams met, so knew 126 could be defended with a good bowling performance.
They got it. After his opening two overs, Braeden Darlington had figures of 2-0, both wickets bowled.
Five dropped catches in the innings threatened to derail Central Burnett, but Glenn Proctor delivered a spell of 3-10, bowling stump-to-stump medium pace, and Troy Steinhardt was unlucky not to get among the wickets in his spell of 0-23.
Bundaberg finished on 115, 12 runs short of the target.
In the second match against Maryborough, the bowlers again combined to restrict the opposition to an even 100, Central Burnett romping home with five wickets to spare, led by Greg Parr 45 not-out and Steinhardt 16 not-out.
Hervey Bay finished first in the competition.
Captain Lex Webster said it's a "feather in our cap” beating the two larger towns which play on turf wickets regularly.
"It's good to get the guys over and experience that,” he said.
"(The Bundaberg game) was tight, it was really good to get the win.”
Webster said the team's ground-fielding noticeably improved from three weeks ago.
The captain is now pondering the shape of the summer competition between Gayndah and Mundubbera.
Last season, it was a five-match series of 40 over games, but Webster is considering reducing that to three matches and sending a Central Burnett team to compete in the prestigious Goodchild Shield, held last year in Gympie.