Centrals seal grand final win
CENTRALS have survived a hard day at the crease thanks to a champion effort by opener Wayne Jones.
In a semi-final replay against the Eastern Taipans, Jones had to earn each one of his 65 runs, as a slow outfield thwarted his attempts to find a boundary.
Centrals would only manage five boundaries for the day, despite holding on to finish day one on 8-204 with the option to continue on Saturday.
Teammate Scott Barrett said the efforts of Jones, Caleb Risson (39) and Matt Guest (41) had been impressive under the circumstances.
"Scoring along the ground was very difficult under those conditions,” he said. "We had set a plan to bat the day out and on a normal outfield we probably could have scored 260 or 270 runs.
"It was hard going but at the end of the day I'm over the moon with our efforts. We had to be patient and after batting the day out to be only eight down is a great effort.
"Jones missed training during the week because he was sick but he came out, opened the batting for us and knuckled through.”
Undecided on whether to declare or push for more this weekend, Barrett applauded the team effort despite missing Queensland Country representative Ben O'Connell.
"It shows that if you put some plans in place and work towards your goals you can do well,” he said. "Everyone was sharing the runs around and everyone knows their roles.
"Ben will be out for another week but it's been a good chance to get some experience for our lower order.”
In the weekend's other matches, Brothers and Northsiders got off to strong starts in their first games of 2017.
Brothers scored 5-297 against Laidley, while Northsiders declared at 4-265 before taking 1-10 as Thunder faced the final six overs of the day.
CENTRALS secured the Third Grade grand final with a low-scoring win over Laidley on Sunday.
Centrals captain Joel Teske was delighted to walk away with a seven wicket win after Laidley were dismissed for 58 runs.
"Laidley have been the frontrunners for the last number of years and have set a very high standard,” Teske said. "We were just happy to play finals cricket but we bowled really well and got the win by seven.
"They have done that to us before and bowled us out cheaply so it was a good win.”
With plenty of young talent across the pitch, 17-year-old Braydon Osborne was the unofficial player of the match with an unbeaten 17 not out.
"It was a great team effort but if we had to pick a player it would be Braydon,” Teske said. "He got 17 runs and picked up three wickets which was great from the young fella.”
Good mates on and off the field, Centrals celebrated the win with their Laidley rivals.
”We always have a good game against these guys,” Teske said. "The first thing we did after the game was sit down and have a beer together because we have a great relationship with them.
”We've copped a few hidings in the past but it's not about getting one up, it's just a good old fashion game.”