Gibson bags four in Past Highs win
BRENT Gibson claimed 4-16 in a man of the match performance as the reformed Past Highs crushed Across The Waves (ATW) in the Division 2 NewsMail Cup final on Sunday.
But ATW powered to a seven-wicket victory over Brothers Pink in the Division 3 Cup decider, with former club president and current Bundaberg Cricket Association treasurer and junior coordinator Noel Stitt playing a leading hand.
In Division 4, former long-time whipping boys Country/Wests confirmed their transformation into a very good minor grade team, getting up to defeat defending champions Isis by two wickets in a closely-contested affair.
Past Highs reformed this season after disbanding a few years ago, and they had charged to the top of the Division 2 table before suffering a rare loss to Brothers in a premiership game on Saturday.
But with ATW also contesting the Division 1 cup final, they were without the services of several players who regularly double up between the two grades. They were no match for Past Highs despite them being without batting linchpin and keeper David Bonser.
ATW slumped to 6-49 but Michael Liverton (32) and Jason Maughan, with an unbeaten 23, at least got them into three figures, but another collapse of 4-11 left Highs with a small target of 110.
They stumbled to 4-64 but their opener and former multiple ATW premiership-winning captain Lachlan Donovan and Aaron George carried them home with an unbroken partnership of 46.
Earlier, club president Dale Steele had wreaked havoc in tandem with fellow opening bowler Gibson, claiming 2-15, while Donovan also chipped in with two wickets with his wily spin.
In Division 3, Brothers crashed to 2-5, with under-16 paceman Nic Lindsay striking twice in the second over. But they recovered to post a competitive 184, thanks mainly to No. 4 Brad Harvey (66) and captain Adam Gardner (38).
Maughan's son Cody, an under-15 player, claimed the big scalp of Michael Black cheaply, while captain Peter Cross and part-time spinner Dale Beyer also snared two wickets each.
ATW then lost opener and Beyer's father Scott cheaply. But Stitt and Cross put their stamp on the game against a wayward attack with a partnership of 140 and while Dale Beyer also fell 10 runs later, Stitt soldiered on and guided them home, finishing unbeaten on 63.
There was another father-son duo in the team with Stitt playing with his younger son Lachlan.
Isis were bowled out in the 49th over for 198 with veteran Graeme Bartlett top-scoring with 54. But too many batsmen were unable to capitalise on good starts.
Under-15 paceman Trent Seeds gave Country the perfect start, removing dangerman Scott Rehbein with the second legitimate delivery of the match, and he went on to also dislodge Bartlett.
But fellow opener Alex Johnson was the main destroyer, grabbing 3-15 from 10 well-directed overs.
Veteran opener Andrew Armstrong led the run chase for Country with 38 but a collapse of 3-1 saw them reduced to 7-140 before Johnson struck 28 in a 57-run partnership with under-14 star Andrew Porter, who finished unbeaten on 16, with two wides the next two balls handing them the two extra runs they needed.
Seeds played alongside his father Dave while victory was extra special for Armstrong as his children Rebecca and Scott were also part of the team.