Quins take the title
HARLEQUINS' bowler Craig Sorrell must be taking Roger Ramjet-like proton pills every time he bats, he saves the day so often.
The number eight bat came to the rescue of Harlequins in Sunday's one-day final against Wests.
It is the third time running Sorrell has been Harlequins' top scorer and lifted the 'Quins off the canvas.
Wests won the toss at Albert Park and batted first posting a below-par 161.
Wests captain Neil McKean, batting at number four, top scored with 36 and Scott Reedman chipped in with 28.
Together they put on a quick 50-run partnership.
But when McKean was out, caught and bowled to Peter Kross (4-24), Reedman fell the next over and Wests run rate slowed.
With only 161 to chase off 50 overs, Harlequins looked in the box seat for the trophy when they took their turn at the crease.
But tight bowling by Wests Brett Long (3-42) and Wayne Sleeman (3-41) saw Harlequins struggling at lunch at 6 for 70.
Wests were in control of the game and the score had many in the crowd thinking Harlequins were about to choke in another final.
Shane Zahner (28) was the steading influence in the Harlequins' innings, batting for 20 overs and once joined by Sorrell the pair set about winning the title.
They combined for a 72-run partnership after lunch and sunk Wests' chances of a win.
Sorrell finished on 57 not out.
Harlequins' captain Dean Chandler was happy with the win.
"Zippy (Zahner) and Craig dug us out of the poo," he said. "I thought they had us at one stage. We were 4-50, then 5-65 and then 6-70.
"Craig and Shane saved the day."
Chandler also thanked his bowlers for restricting Wests.
"We bowled well and our fielding was good too.
"We caught our catches which always helps."