WINNERS: The BITS Heat were jubilant
WINNERS: The BITS Heat were jubilant

PHOTOS: Heat and Hurricanes win thrillers, The Glen in final

CRICKET: BITS Heat is the Gladstone Cricket Incorporated champion after a pulsating five-run win against BITS Sixers.

Some spectators suggested it was the greatest junior final ever.

Spectator Troy Sheridan posted on the BITS Cricket Club Facebook page:

"Mate what a game of cricket tonight, best game of junior cricket I have ever witnessed," he said.

BITS Heat batted first and made 8-112 from the allotted 30 overs.

Hayden Finlay had an outstanding match with an unbeaten 24 runs and then took the final two wickets of the Sixers' run chase.

Multi-talented Brooke Sheridan, who made the trip from her new home in Brisbane back to BITS Oval, made an important 15 not out.

Heat coach Linden Finlay, who is also Hayden's father, said it was a tight finish.

"The first of the final two wickets were of the dangerous Jonty Haward to a great outfield catch at deep mid-on by Clem Boston," Finlay senior said.

Haward made 26 runs and before his wicket, and before his wicket was taken, BITS Sixers were seemingly in control at 8-107 with six overs left.

"It was John Dyson-like from 1981 and Hayden then bowled Nick Osborne (0) three balls later to wrap it up," Finlay senior said. of the catch that dismissed Haward.

 

Haward also did all that he could with the ball while Heat were at the crease with 4-6 while Kori Ramsden snared 2-19.

 

BITS Hurricanes have made it back-to-back under-13 titles after a tense four-wicket win against minor premiers BITS Strikers on Saturday.

The Hurricanes past the Strikers' total of 8-112 with Zac Werder (16no) and Ayden Bye (3) at the crease.

Bye hit the winning runs as the Hurricanes beat the top-placed team for the second straight year.

Mahli Rea and Caden Rea took 2-8 and 2-10 respectively for BITS Strikers.

Hurricane's Fraser Judd, who played in the victorious BITS Heat's under-15 final on Friday night, also played a huge role at the top of the order on Saturday.

 

He made 22 before retiring after the allotted 30-ball limit.

 

Best with the bat for Strikers were Curtis Geljon with 22 runs and Caden Rea with 21.

Haydn Rethamel chipped in with 17 runs.

BITS Hurricanes' left-arm spinner Lachlann Druett starred with the ball and he bagged 3-14

THE GLEN ARE IN!

Meanwhile, The Glen will meet Frenchville Falcons in Sunday's Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge Cup grand final in Rockhampton.

Gracemere Bulls were bowled out for 98 and The Glen cruised to the target by six wickets with eight overs left.

Jason Seng made 36 and Murray Bale 22 for The Glen and earlier in the day, Waqar Yunus and Robbie Wolf starred with the ball with 4-13 and 4-18 respectively.

Sunday's grand final started at 10am.

AWARD WINNERS
Tracey Slatter Female Player With Most Potential
- Lily Storch   GCI Player With Most Potential
- Ryan Mann   Greg Michel Most Outstanding Player
- Kori Ramsden   Junior Club Champions - Bits CC U15 Premiers - Bits Heat U13 Premiers - Bits Hurricanes

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