CLOSE GAME: Colts won the Mundubbera T20 shield after beating Wanderers in a Super Over.
CLOSE GAME: Colts won the Mundubbera T20 shield after beating Wanderers in a Super Over. Alex Treacy

Colts' Super Over triumph

GAYNDAH'S Wanderers were never meant to take the final this close.

All match, they were chasing the game as Colts streaked ahead.

There was the 47 run opening stand as Peter Hunsley and Leo Brown tucked into some over-pitched bowling.

Bailey Kimber's undefeated 67 off just 50 balls, featuring seven sixes, as he repeatedly launched the Wanderers into the tennis courts over wide-long on.

And there was Beau Milne's quick-fire 19 at the end, which featured 14 runs off three balls at one stage, driving the total to a strong 188.

Then, when batting, Wanderers lost two early wickets to Leo Brown and slumped to 5 for 62.

When Damien "Dinga” George, who had cut his way to 39, was stumped off the bowling Colts captain Rob Beutel, the game seemed as good as over.

But no one told wicket-keeper Tristan George.

First in the company of his captain, Jack George, who blasted 23 off 17, then Linden George, who rotated the strike for 10 vital runs, Tristan just managed to keep Wanderers in the game, finding the boundary whenever it seemed the run rate would get out of hand.

Wanderers needed 14 off the last over for the most unlikely of victories.

And then they needed a six off the last ball to tie the match and send it into a Super Over.

Tristan delivered, blasting a six over deep square leg. Cue madness in the Gayndah bleachers.

The game was tied.

Here, however, the fairy tale ended, as Kimber and Brown overhauled the Super Over target of 13.

"What a way to end the season,” captain Beutel said at the presentation.

Earlier, in the women's seven-a-side competition, Mundubbera's Pitch Slappers turned the tables on Wannabees, who had defeated them in the semi-final before the Slappers earnt a reprieve by beating Wicket Wackers.

Wannabees set Slappers 45 to win, the same as the semi-final, led by Jessica George with 20 and Tekiya George with 12, but this time the bowling was awry and Slappers cantered home thanks to Lisa Fuchs' 12 and Kelly Voss' 17.

After the game Pitch Slappers "Kaptain Kaos”, captain Shannon Prendergast, said how proud of her team she was, securing the shield after the ignominy of being wooden spooners the previous year.

However, the day was tinged with sadness as the ground learned of Sylvia Young's passing.

Mrs Young, Gayndah player Braeden Darlington's grandmother, was a rusted-on supporter.

Mrs Young's daughter Angie said she didn't think her mum had ever missed one of Darlington's games.

Players wore black armbands and a minute of silence was observed.


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