Rain ends contest



PAST Highs and Moore Park United captain/coach Mark Kaczmarowski was extremely disappointed after his team's shot at their first win of the Division 1 NewsMail Cup season was rained away.

United recovered from losing two early wickets to reach a competitive 7-213 after 39 of 40 scheduled overs against Across The Waves before the elements brought an early end to the match.

But for Waves, whether or not it was a get out of jail, Brothers stole a handy break over them by beating the weather and wrapping up a nine-wicket victory against United II in quick time.

Travis Henke led the United I fightback with a crisp 62, with opener Tony Crosswell (31), Josh McInnes (35) and Kaczmarowski (49) also featuring.

For Waves, former Queensland Country paceman Kris Johnson made the early double-break-through and finished with 4-21 from eight overs, but Kaczmarowski believes they were robbed.

"We were definitely confident - our bowling attack has improved every week - with Roy Heath there, we've strengthened up a lot - it was something we didn't have, a strike bowler taking the new ball, and he has taken wickets every game he's played so far,'' Kaczmarowski said.

"Clint (Knack) is also bowling well enough - but he's just not taking wickets at the moment.

"That's both parts of the game we've got right in two games and it's a matter of putting it together.

"We changed things around a bit - Travis (Henke) has been hitting the ball real well at training and we promoted him up the list to four and he's got runs two weeks in a row and is going along nicely - even when we got 70 against Brothers, he got 30.

"We've got Matt Fasso and Tim McKee to come back yet and the reports I'm getting are Kevin Bailey is also going to play but finding spots for them is the hard part.

"We've got plenty of youngsters in the club to bring through - it might take them another season before they are very competitive at that level but the guys playing firsts at the moment are playing as a team and confident as a team.

"They were really disappointed when they were rolled for 70 and it showed at training on Tuesday night with everyone there, wanting to bat and wanting to improve.

"It's only a matter of time and once we turn the corner and start winning games, I don't think we'll look back from there at all.''

In the one all-Division 2 match that was scheduled for Saturday, honours were evenly shared with Brothers battling hard to progress to 7-185 against Waves before play was terminated.

Yesterday's top of the table showdown between Country/Wests and Norths was canned without a ball being bowled.



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