Brook, Laura in top spots

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Crystal Brook and Laura cemented their spots at the top of the ladder with comfortable victories over Gladstone and Redhill respectively.

With only the top three teams making finals, Gladstone, Redhill and Georgetown will have to fight it out for the last finals berth.  

Gladstone v Crystal Brook

Gladstone batted first in their clash against Crystal Brook, but struggled to post a competitive total, managing less than 100 runs.

The Brook gained the upper hand early, with Tom Kerin picking up the wicket of opener Dylan Hansen for 6 with the score at 1/9.

This was the first of 5 wickets for Kerin who knocked over most of Gladstone’s top order in quick succession.

Crystal Brook and Laura cemented their spots at the top of the ladder with comfortable victories over Gladstone and Redhill respectively.

Craig Woolford topscored for Gladstone with 35 runs but didn’t get a lot of help from his teammates as only two other batsman were able to make it into double figures.

Opener Kieran Glenn made 13 and Lachie Pole made 15, batting at number 9. Gladstone crumbled to be all out for 96, losing the tenth wicket in the last over.

Tom Kerin was the best of the bowlers for Crystal Brook with 5/30/9. Leo Coates took 2/25/9 while Luke Bartlett and Jake Clements finished with one wicket each.

In spite of their low score, Gladstone defended well with a tight bowling attack and were able to claim 5 wickets before Crystal Brook passed their score.

Jack Flavel picked up the wicket of Allan McArdle, who had to depart for 2 with the score at 1/7.

The second wicket was taken by Neil Loftus who broke a 41 run partnership between Adam Kupsch and Will Combe.

Combe departed for 13 with the score at 2/48. Flavel picked up two more wickets in quick succession, dismissing Kupsch for 37 and Leo Coates for 9.

Lachie Pole picked up the fifth wicket, with Tom Kerin sent on his way for 6 and the score at 5/74. Steve Merkel and Luke Bartlett had a handy partnership at the end and were able to get their team across the line.

Bartlett made 21 not out and Merkel finished with 13 not out. Jack Flavel was the pick of the bowlers with 3/21/7.

Neil Loftus and Lachie Pole picked up 1 wicket each.

Redhill v Laura

Redhill won the toss and chose to bat first against Laura, but were on the back foot early, losing a couple of quick wickets.

Koby Nettle trapped Cam Kerr LBW for a duck and bowled Dan Hayes for 9 to have the home team struggling at 2/16.

Louis Cummins and Larry Klingner were able to add some stability to the innings with a 45 run partnership before Cummins was bowled by Rick Willis for 12.

This was the first of 6 wickets for Willis, who ripped through Redhill’s middle and lower order. Larry Klingner batted through virtually the entire innings to finish with 61 runs but kept losing batting partners and Redhill ended up with a total of 130 runs.

Rick Willis finished with the impressive figures of 6/40/11.1 while Koby Nettle and Elliot Sumner took 2 wickets apiece.

Laura had little difficulty chasing down Redhill’s total, losing only 1 wicket in the process. Cooper Hayes (1/4/4) took Redhill’s only wicket to break a 125 run partnership between Rick Willis and Jaran Turner. Willis was bowled for 54. Turner (69 not out) and Andrew Fleming (2 not out) wrapped up a 9 wicket win for Laura.