BITS set up for big finish in 'new' season
CRICKET: The men from Boyne Island-Tannum Sands are poised to make their own mark in the Gladstone competition in the new year.
The points accumulated by the Gladstone-based BITS, The Glen and Yaralla, as well as all the Rockhampton sides, carry over into the competitions here and in Rocky.
And after BITS cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win against struggling Yaralla, the club will start 2017 as the top-seeded team followed by The Glen and Yaralla.
"It's a pretty long season and every win helps,” BITS captain Lucas hall said.
Yaralla batted first on their home strip on Saturday and were dismissed for just 116 as the BITS bowlers quickly found their mojo.
Strapping pace bowler Josh Finlay was outstanding to take 3-16 off his eight overs while Terry Sawyer proved his worth again with 4-22.
Finlay produced a peach of a delivery which clipped the top of Josh Andrew's off stump and have him dismissed cheaply.
The in-form Yaralla skipper Jason Batchelor fell for just four.
"Bryan Fagan got 0-24 from eight overs and he bowled them straight which is a mighty effort from the old fella,” a happy Hall said.
"Josh bowled great on Saturday as well did Bryan Fagan, Tom McDonald and Terry Sawyer.”
McDonald also collected multiple wickets to claim 2-28 from six overs.
BITS wanted to enjoy Saturday refreshments sooner rather than later and made the target in 21 overs.
Despite the best efforts of Batchelor, who bowled well without reward and Jane Jarvis (two wickets), Sawyer capped off a brilliant match.
He made 60 runs while Matt 'Humphry' Toohey got 38.
Nathan Spencer was the other wicket taker for Yaralla.
The Gladstone competition starts on January 21 and BITS play The Glen and have the chance to extend their lead on top of the ladder if they beat them.
The reserves and B-grade competitions re-commence a week later.
Meanwhile Gracemere are the champions of the Cap Challenge after a 23-run win against Frenchville.
Gracemere's Todd Harmsworth made an unbeaten 77 to guide his team to 7-191 before the team's bowlers tied Frenchville down to 8-168.