Brilliant partnership secures first grand final appearance
CRICKET: A brilliant seventh-wicket partnership secured the Rosewool Redbacks their first grand final spot in Condamine Cup cricket with a thrilled victory in the preliminary final on Sunday.
Batting first at Slade Park, Wheatvale captain Carter Bilbrough shone like a beacon in his team's innings hitting 10 fours and a six in 88 in a total of 156.
Redbacks captain Tyhe Clarkson took 4-22 off 7.3 overs and Dave Drewery 2-25 off 10 overs.
The only other Wheatvale batsman to make double figures was Steve Jones who made 25 and assisted Bilbrough to take the score from 2-12 to 3-70.
Wheatvale got Redbacks batting trump card Coen Slatter out early and then had Redbacks 6-70.
Dave Drewery and Daniel Bowles then added 82 for the seventh wicket before Bowles was dismissed by Wheatvale medium pacer Jared Fearby.
Morgan Gilchrist then strode to the wicket and joined Drewery who hit the winning runs.
Bilbrough said three dropped catches cost his team dearly.
"We almost ran out Dave Drewery midway through his innings,” he said.
Steve Jones and James Breen each had two wickets in taking the first four of the innings.
Bilbrough rated Chris Cantwell as his best bowler.
"Chris took two wickets and was very economical,” Bilbrough said.
"We are a bit disappointed but Redbacks were just a bit too good on the day.”
Clarkson said his side made Wheatvale pay for dropped catches.
"We put Dave Drewery in earlier than we intended to steady the innings and he did just that,” Clarkson said.
Redbacks will now play Maryvale Condamine in the A-grade grand final on Saturday.
Clarkson is happy to claim underdog status for the grand final.
"Maryvale hasn't been beaten all season but saying that, we are confident we can get the job done,” he said.
"There will be no footy for our team this weekend so we will be fresh for the grand final. Left arm spinner Justin Wheeler will be back after missing the past two weeks of cricket.”
Six of the Redbacks were backing up after playing four 40-minute games of Aussie rules in the Cardinal Cup on Saturday in Warwick.