Thursday, October 12, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Reigning premiers Mackay Magpies launched their 2023-24 Poole Cup campaign on a winning note in the Mackay Cricket Association first grade competition last weekend.
Skipper Ben Zurvas and Andrew Borg steered the Magpies (5-152) to a first up victory over Walkerston with classy knocks at Harrup Park’s Roy Trevaskis Oval.
All-rounder Borg top scored with 45 off 34 balls and Zurvas (43) off thirty balls in a productive opening stand with number five Blake Ryan scoring 20.
Earlier Adam Zurvas (3-17 off five overs) and the versatile Borg (3-24 off eight) shared the bowling honours to restrict Walkerston to 9-150 in the 40 overs fixture.
Walkerston’s Tom Vandenberg (41), all-rounder Chris McEldowney (28) and 16-year-old St Patrick’s College schoolboy Etienne Pretorius (20 not out) made solid contributions with the bat and Liam Newbery (2-33) with the ball.
Brothers duo Lachlan Bilyj and skipper Mitch Wadsworth starred in a four wicket triumph over Souths at George Gorrie Oval.
The dashing Bilyj smashed an unbeaten 84 off 54 balls that included five sixes and six boundaries while Wadsworth cracked an impressive 64 with nine boundaries and a six to help Brothers amass 6-250.
Joseph Hackney (38) and schoolboy Cameron Tomerini (24 not out) chipped in with handy knocks while Mahesh Rajaratne snared 2-29.
In reply, Souths could only muster 174 with fine batting performances from Kellen Powell (63) off 56 balls with four sixes and five boundaries; Shaun Austin (41) and Rajaratne (20).
Floris Duvenhage (4-33 off seven) and Wadsworth (2-30 off eight) were the pick of the Brothers’ bowling attack.
Norths registered a comprehensive victory over Pioneer Valley at Jack Lancaster Oval.
Openers Chris Day and Darryn Dyer put on a century stand and gun all-rounder Lane Kohler thumped a whirlwind 78 as Norths posted an imposing total of 8-294.
Kohler was best on ground – top scoring with a knock that featured eight massive sixes and two boundaries before grabbing 3-26 off six overs to cap an outstanding performance.
Day hit 70 off 58 balls with eleven fours and two sixes and the dashing Dyer (64) with Cody Filewood (3-59), Zac Wilson (2-33) and Bailey Camilleri (2-55) the pick of the Valley bowlers.
In their run chase, Pioneer were bundled out for 160 with Lachlan Charnock (27), Camilleri (24) and rising bat Haiden Mellifont (23) leading the way.
Mackay & Whitsunday rep Kohler and Lachlan Brett (3-28) were the chief destroyers for Norths with the ball.
Magpies A-Grade cricket team
Norths first grade debutants Sean Templeton, Kai Higham and Josh Andrew
Brothers take a 1-0 lead in the annual Ian Kelly Shield matches with a 76 win over Souths