FOR years, they have put fear into opposition sides at the 11th annual Bundaberg Veterans Cricket Club Eight-a-Side Carnival and the Gracemere Terror Bulls did it again at the weekend.
Fifteen teams went in to battle at Kendall's Flat but it was the popular Terror Bulls who charged to their third title at the carnival in the past six years.
After being beaten finalists last year, they swept all before them, winning their five Pool A games against Brizzy Bashers, Rocky Tigers, defending champions Mackay NoBros, Sunshine Coast Antiquarians and South Burnett respectively, scoring 593 runs and taking 24 wickets along the way.
The Bulls topped Pool A on 35.73 points, in advance of NoBros 30.31, Rocky Tigers 25.91, Antiquarians 25.26, South Burnett 18.69, Brizzy Bashers 18.57, Queensland Cricketers Club 14.06 and Gladstone's XXXX Golden Oldies 8.65.
Warwick headed Pool B on 37.03 points, marginally in front of Lockyer Legends 36.64, Cudgen 25.97, Dalby Golden Oldies 24.67, Logan Legends 22.74, Bundy Veterans, who lost all of their four matches, 12.46 and Craigieburn 7.95.
Both Warwick and Lockyer won their four games, with Warwick accounting for, in turn, the local side, Craigieburn, Cudgen and Logan, while the Lockyer side disposed of Logan, Dalby, Bundaberg and Craigieburn respectively.
Lockyer racked up most runs in the pool with 548, closely followed by Warwick with 539, but Warwick picked up most wickets with 23 to Lockyer's 20 to give them the edge in bonus points and secure their place in the deciding shoot-out.
Gracemere batted first in the final but were restricted to a modest 5-109 from their 14 overs after Warwick's Ted Tishler, who previously only had one wicket to his credit, made an early double-breakthrough with two wickets in three balls.
He had the Bulls' opener highest scorer in their pool games, Rick Jones, caught by keeper Paul Smart for 11, then bowled their Bundaberg No. 3 Greg Jensen.
Gracemere's second leading run-getter, Eric Munchow, followed for just two, but with opener Mark Moffatt anchoring the innings with an unbeaten 28 from 34 balls, and solid knocks of 25 and 16 from numbers five Wayne Hamilton and six Darren Taylor respectively, they came up with a competitive total.
After getting off to a great start with the openers racing to 45 in 5.2 overs, Warwick suffered a collapse of 3-5, with Lloyd Chapman making the breakthrough, Jensen delivering a wicket-maiden, removing dangerman Ted Tishler, and Munchow chipping in with a scalp.
No. 5 David Kerchevil did his best to lift the side with an unbeaten 25 from 20 balls, but the tail departed in quick succession before big hitting opener, former Wide Bay director of coaching, Joe Marsh, returned after being mandatorily retired after reaching 35.
He finished unbeaten on 43 from 30 balls but by then the runs required were out of reach at they finished 11 short at 6-98.
Jensen was a key contributor to the victory with 1-5 from his two overs.
Munchow received the award for most wickets at the carnival, while NoBros' Russell English was the leading run-getter with 159 and he also struck the equal most sixes with 10, but Antiquarians' Shane Riley received the award on countback after being first to clear the boundary 10 times.
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