PARTY TIME: Eastern Taipans celebrate winning the Division Two one-day title.
PARTY TIME: Eastern Taipans celebrate winning the Division Two one-day title. Kate Czerny

Taipans strike a warning of better things to come

THE Taipans proved on Sunday that when they get it right, opponents are in trouble.

The Taipans beat Northsiders to claim the Division two one-day final and set up a tilt at the two-day title.

"It was a great team effort," Taipans skipper Dean Micallef said.

"We all put in after a big day (on Saturday) at Laidley. It was a great bowling performance and the fielding was exemplary."

Taipans restricted Northsiders to 132, then chased the runs down for the loss of just three wickets.

Mal Muggeridge was the star with the ball, removing four of the Tigers' top five to finish with 4-27.

Two of those were leg side stumpings by keeper Greig Cumming, which Muggeridge insists were intentional.

When it came time for Taipans to bat, opener Ricky Palmer stood tall, hitting 62 not out to ensure the Taipans cruised to victory.

The Taipans now face the next challenge, qualifying for the finals in the two-day competition.

Their loss to Laidley on Saturday means they have slipped to third place.

There are two rounds remaining and the final round is against fourth placed Northsiders, which could be a virtual finals play-off.

"We've definitely got the bowling attack to win it," Micallef said.

"Our batting is strong but sometimes we lack discipline.

"But we showed (in Sunday's final) if we can put our heads down we're one of the better sides."



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