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Harlequins take out Gympie A-grade cricket premiership

WINNERS: Harlequins’ A-grade winning side (back, from left) Sean Ringuet, Kurt McArthur, Tim Kross, Craig Sorrell, Peter Kross and Michael Walsh and (front) Owen Dugdale, Dean Chandler, Andy Batten, Matthew Bothams and Shane Zahner.
WINNERS: Harlequins’ A-grade winning side (back, from left) Sean Ringuet, Kurt McArthur, Tim Kross, Craig Sorrell, Peter Kross and Michael Walsh and (front) Owen Dugdale, Dean Chandler, Andy Batten, Matthew Bothams and Shane Zahner. James Loose

CRICKET: A victorious Harlequins side finished top of the ladder and season premiers on Saturday after toppling Colts in the A-grade grand final.

Harlequins captain Dean Chandler said the team was cautious but confident heading back in to bat early Saturday.

He said the team grew in confidence as the day went on.

"After we got through the first couple of hours we knew we had it won," Chandler said.

Both teams suffered the humid conditions until 2.30pm before the captains decided to bring the game to a close.

Colts captain Chris Hughes admitted defeat after Harlequins posted an unbeatable score of 8 for 318, a total second innings lead of 370.

Batsman Andy Batten led the way for Harlequins.

Batten took his score from 93 to 125 setting up the win for Harlequins.

He was a part of the Harlequins 116 run opening partnership.

A mini collapse followed, with six out of the eight wickets caught out by solid Colts fielding.

Despite the effort, Colts could not slow Harlequins' batsmen, the lower order gathering some last minute runs to crush Colts' hopes.

Colts didn't do themselves any favours, paying dearly for some stray bowling - 26 sundries added to Colts' woes.

Chandler was full of praise for his team after the win.

"It was a good team performance by everyone," he said.

The Quins have made the Gympie A-grade Cricket Association grand final the last five years.

Before Saturday they had two titles but now they have their name etched on the trophy for a third time.

Chandler said he had previously captained the 2011/2012 Harlequins premiership side but was benched due to injury the following season after a knee reconstruction.

He said he was extremely happy to be a part of another successful season.

Harlequins cleaned up at the presentation that followed the game at 6pm.

Peter Kross walked away with best bowling average of the year, all-rounder of the year and most wickets throughout the year.

Fellow team mate Andy Batten finished the season on a high, taking out the awards for best batting average, most runs for the year and A-grade cricket player of the year.

Chandler said the two players took out most of the trophies for the season, proving they were the best team on the field.

SCOREBOARD

HARLEQUINS 2nd INNINGS

Walsh M. ct Hughes C. b O'Brien R.

41

Batten A. ct Vidler J. b Gear W.

125

Kross P. lbw O'Brien

1

Sorrell B. ct Vidler J. b Hughes C.

6

Dugdale O. ct Gear B. b Hughes C.

0

McArthur b Lee C.

17

Kross T. ct Hughes C. b Millard B.

33

Ringuet S. ct Hughes C. b Gear W.

20

Zahner S. not out

31

Chandler D. not out

18

Sundries

26

Total

8 for 316

FOW: 116, 117, 147, 155, 187, 240, 252, 279

Bowling: Hughes C. 2 for 41, Lee C. 1 for 36, Gear W. 2 for 42, O'Brien R. 2 for 84, Andrason T. 0 for 16, Mitchell B. 0 for 42, Millard B. 1 for 23, Vidler J. 0 for 8

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