ROCKY START: Blake Augustine and Matthew Maeyke stride out to open the batting for Mundubbera in the semi final of the T20 competition.
ROCKY START: Blake Augustine and Matthew Maeyke stride out to open the batting for Mundubbera in the semi final of the T20 competition. Alex Treacy

Gayndah Wanderers romp to seven-wicket win

CRICKET: "BY THE looks of it we'll have to have Mundubbera bat again after the drinks break at 10 overs.”

Commentator Leo Brown was being his usual cheeky self, but at 7 for 64, his pronouncement had a ring of truth to it.

In the semi-final of the Mundubbera T20 competition on Saturday night, Gayndah's Wanderers romped to a seven wicket win to book their spot in the final, while Mundubbera's Bush Bashers will have a chance at redemption when they play Colts to see who will meet Wanderers in the final.

The Bashers' innings got off to a rocky start and never really improved from there.

Opening the bowling, Dayne Dakin-Mimi, whose speed from his whippet-like action belied his young age, swung it through Matthew Maeyke's expansive drive for a second-ball duck.

Then, in the third over, left-arm swinger Braeden Darlington did the same for Zac Dann: 2 for 10.

This brought the dangerous Alan Nock to the crease to join opener Blake Augustine, both of whom can turn a game in a matter of overs.

And, in the fourth over when Augustine latched onto a pulled six from Jack George which sounded like a lumberjack's axe sinking into a tree, it seemed like that just might happen.

But in the fifth, Nock deposited Linden George down the throat of Lachlan Briskey at long off, who took an unbelievable catch on the juggle and then in the sixth, Augustine was caught out backing up too far and bowler Damien "Dinga” George broke the stumps.

Aside from Augustine's 24, the only other two to make double figures were Chey Tucker with 14, and wides with 17.

One sensed that unless Dann and Augustine blasted a few Wanderers out cheaply early in the innings, a target of 94 was not going to cause the Gayndah side too many issues.

Opener Tyle Burns hit Jordan Parr for a savage four first ball of the innings, swivel pulling to the clubhouse boundary, but third ball skied it to the midwicket boundary, where Lee Voss had been leaning lackadaisically on the fence.

He sprung into action and somehow managed to get into a position where he caught it on the third juggle.

But Darlington, the other opener, hit his first ball straight for four, his third ball through mid-on for four, and after that muscled a series of enormous sixes over midwicket to ensure there were no chasing jitters.

He was ably assisted by "Dinga” George, who cut like a jungle explorer with a machete, and although two late wickets fell, Wanderers overhauled the target at a canter.

Darlington finished on 39 not out to go with his figures of 1 for 8 off his one over.

A special mention must go to Mr Brown, who serenaded the crowd for much of the night with his angelic covers of such classics as Cold Chisel's Flame Trees and UB40's Red Red Wine.


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