Man of the match for Chapman
GYMPIE cricketer Ross Chapman was named Man of the Match after a knock of 69 not out against England last Thursday.
In the first match of the 2015 Over 70s Ashes Cricket Series, being played at Alan Border Oval Brisbane, his 69 came off just 75 balls.
Chapman, the Australian captain, won the toss and sent England in to bat.
Storms were forecast for the afternoon and Chapman thought it would be an advantage to know the run rate required to win.
After a slow start the English openers took advantage of three missed catches to put on 197.
The first wicket fell in the 36th over with George Fox out for 83.
Two quick wickets then fell before opener John Stuck went on to make 106.
He retired with heat exhaustion with the score at 4 for 245 after 45 overs.
The new batsmen hit out for England to finish at 4 for 279 after their 50 overs.
Chapman said a score less than 300 was considered "gettable" at the fast Alan Border Oval.
Australia started the run chase positively to be 1 for 50 with Nev Kratzmann out for 21 after 11 overs.
England was 0 for 41 at the same stage.
Tight bowling by the English spinners put Australia behind the run rate but at that stage the threat of storms had abated.
After 20 overs, with the score at 1 for 70, Gary Madsen and Chapman began the run chase.
They scored 91 runs off the next 15 overs before Madsen was run out backing up too far.
He scored a hard-hitting 67 off 89 balls.
Just two overs later lightning forced players off the field.
At that stage Australia were 2 for 172 needing 107 runs off 90 balls to win.
A torrential downpour then forced the match to be abandoned.
Chapman said Australia were favoured, even by most of the English, to win.
The second match is to be played in Sydney this Thursday at North Sydney Oval when Australia will be look to take the lead in the series.