UNSTOPPABLE FORCE: Harlequin's cricketer Craig Sorrell was in devastating touch with the ball against Wests, helping his side life an outright victory by nine wickets.
UNSTOPPABLE FORCE: Harlequin's cricketer Craig Sorrell was in devastating touch with the ball against Wests, helping his side life an outright victory by nine wickets. Craig Warhurst/Gympie Times

Sorrell destroys with ball

GYMPIE cricketer Craig Sorrell worked a miracle with the ball to help spearhead A Grade side Harlequins' outright victory over Wests at the weekend.

Harlequins won the match outright by a commanding nine wickets following the final day of the two day encounter.

Sorrell's spell with the ball as a fast opener claimed an impressive 10 wickets - a remarkable five each day of play.

His performance has been the talk of Gympie cricket circles, with players impressed he was able to back up his five wicket haul from the first week of play.

During the first day of the match, Sorrell got things started when he dismissed Wests' batsman Gavin Durie for a duck after his delivery found the safe hands of team mate Shane Zahner in the field.

Sorrell's next scalp followed in similar fashion when he sent Scott Reedman from the wicket, cleaned bowled for a humbling duck.

The only Wests' batsman to offer any resistance was Luke Canning, who raced to 58 before Sorrell again found his range to draw a weak shot promptly caught by Joe Laffey in the outfield.

Returning to Albert Park a week later, Sorrell gave every appearance of having not left, picking up where he left off.

“The ball was coming out really well and things were going well,” he said.

The Harlequins' bowler went on a rampage through Wests' batting order, collecting another five wickets and leaving more batsmen red-faced behind the crease.

His efforts left Wests with a meagre 93 in their second innings, allowing Harlequins plenty of opportunity to mop up what remained of the match in their final innings and seize an outright win.

As for the secret to the attention-grabbing bowling figures, Sorrell had a simple answer.

“Everything is going well in my life and that is transferring onto the cricket field,” he said.

The Harlequins' player, however, was not willing to take all the praise for his team's rousing victory.

“We had a massive outright win and that couldn't have been achieved without Tim Kross (fellow bowler) and the safe hands of the guys out in the field and in slips,” he said.

With an attitude like that, it's of no surprise Sorrell has slipped effortlessly into the team culture of Harlequins.

The cricketer didn't play A Grade last year, playing for a Tin Can Bay side in another grade.

But his transition into the top side is going better than he could have expected.

Sorrell's stellar performance with the ball has helped give Harlequins some early season self-belief, but a long road lies ahead should the side hope to steal the premiership from defending champions Valleys.

Valleys, meanwhile, suffered a minor blow to its season aspirations when it posted a first innings' loss to Colts at the weekend.

Action resumes at the One Mile Ovals this weekend owing to the Gympie Offroad Gold XI taking up residency at Albert Park in their first home game against Nambour.

Gympie Times


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