Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Brahmans in Late Charge

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Brahmans in Late Charge

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Ben Turnbull

SALTER Oval was unrecognisable yesterday compared to Saturday when the teams contested the second-last round of the Australian Country Cricket Championships a but the spectators who were there witnessed some entertaining cricket.

The crowd had moved on and there were a few hardy souls in the stands and around the boundary to watch but the ones that were there witnessed Queenslander smash South Australia by 125 runs.

Jack OaKeeffe and Brad Stout took the game away from the SA Outbacks with some devastating hitting.

OaKeeffe top scored for the Brahmans with 96 while Stout returned to the form he showed against Victoria in the teamas Twenty20 win last week.

Stout hit 11 fours and five sixes on his way to 92 from 60 balls opening the batting.

Finishing the innings was Josh Mclean, who would have enjoyed a bowler other than Ryan Harris steaming in, and further justifying his selection in the Australian XI when NSW keeper Tom Groth was suspended, he made a quick-fire 43 from 22 balls.

Queenslandas middle and tail-order relished the opportunity to play their shots after the first five wickets fell for 282, a long way from how the majority of the games have gone in the carnival.

New South Wales continued their dominance over the other teams with a strong win over Northern Territory.

The top-end batsmen found the bowling too hard to handle and they were all out for 116 in the 42nd over.

Brett Davies stole some of the spotlight, if only for a day, from Josh Bennett with three wickets.

But Bennett chimed in with two of his own to continue to lead the wicket takers standings.

The Bush Blues made short work of the chase and the game was finished two balls into the 26th over with Pat Rosser performing again, this time with 34.

Victoria kept ACT to a single win for the carnival with a three-wicket defeat of the men from the nationas capital.

Justin Grant ripped through the ACT middle-order and tail to claim six wickets and in the chase Victoria looked unsteady. …

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