Michael leaves mark at BITS despite loss
CRICKET: Playing in his likely final match for BITS, Michael Mole left his best until last with a four-wicket haul against a powerful Gracemere side at BITS Oval.
Unfortunately the home side were caught short having been bowled out for 137 after Gracemere made 181 on the back of half centuries from Aaron and Todd Harmsworth.
best with the bat for BITS were Scott Henderson with 35 runs and Mole with 21.
"We bowled pretty well and tight, but couldn't do it with the bat,” Mole said.
The 23-year-old refrigeration mechanic has been playing for BITS since 2000 when he began in the under-9s before moving up the ranks.
Undoubtedly the highlight for Mole occurred several years ago when the club fielded an A-grade side before its hiatus from that grade for the following few seasons.
"The highlight was the first A-grade premiership against The Glen in 2012,” Mole recalled.
"I only took the one wicked but bowled tight and it was always nice to beat The Glen.”
Mole will pack his bags and move to Brisbane this week for work and said he's looking forward to settling in.
"It should be good and there's more to do there on weekends, but I'll hopefully play for a club that is close to where I'll be,” Mole added.
"I'm not sure if it will be this season, but most likely next season that I'll play.
"I'll try to play a couple more games for BITS, but unlikely.”
BITS captain Lucas Hall said it was an opportunity lost against a side that he described as "professional”.
"It was similar to the last game we played them with the same result,” Hall said.
"We're still a chance of making it (the grand final on December 18), and we had a chat about it before the game where whoever won the game was like getting double points.
"We bat really deep, but our shot selection was poor and lacked concentration.
"Gracemere are a disciplined side with both bat and ball.”
Hall said the bowling of Josh Finlay was a real positive for BITS while his opposite number Ben Milne troubled most of the batsmen in the BITS side.
"Josh bowled real tight with 0-22 off eight overs and a couple of dropped chances,” he said.
BITS face The Glen next Saturday at Sun Valley in a must-win match.
"The Glen at Sun Valley will be no easy task,” Hall said.
Bottom-placed Yaralla has the tough task of taking on Gracemere next Saturday in Frenchville while the other round seven fixture is in Rockhampton between Frenchville and Capricorn Coast Parkana.