A FIVE-WICKET haul to young paceman Lachlan McGill was not enough for Wide Bay champions Shalom College as they were soundly beaten by Central Queensland winners Gladstone High in the Queensland Secondary Schools Cricket Knockout Competition at Salter Oval yesterday.
The visitors won the toss and they were clinical in racking up an impressive 7-251 from their 50 overs after opener John Rideout laid the platform with a stylish 61 and first and second drops Dylan Cross and Josh Hall maintained the rage with 69 and an unbeaten 62 respectively.
Year 10 student McGill did his best to restrict the carnage, claiming 5-33 from his 10 overs, but the damage had been as the Harbour City side powered to 2-209 on a “belter of a pitch”.
They lost their 5-43 in the last eight overs, with Blake Rimmington (1-29) and star all-rounder Matt Gavin (1-39) Shalom’s other wicket-takers.
Shalom were never a chance in their run chase, crashing to 3-12, and they failed to recover to be all out for 148 in the 37th over.
No. 5 Gavin completed a good double with 56 runs, but the second top-scorer was No. 10 Storme Martin, who finished with 20 not out.
Brendan Huth was the chief destroyer for Gladstone with 3-30 from 7.1 overs, while Cross also completed a fine double with 2-21 from six overs, and Jarrod Ey chipped in with 2-17 from six.
Shalom coach Simon Gills was disappointed by the method of their early dismissals, which he said cost them the match.
“If we batted to our potential, 250 was quite achievable, but our first four wickets were catches in the cover or gully – they hit the ball in the air and got out,” Gills said.
“We are a good bowling side but they batted very sensibly, and they may have been a better all-round side.
“But we still did well as a country school to get this far. We beat Kepnock, North, Gin Gin, then Xavier College, of Hervey Bay, in the Wide Bay final after losing to North in the Bundaberg final last year.”
Gills is already looking forward to next year when most of the team will be there again, including Gavin.
“Matt (Gavin) has been our best by a long-shot – he has averaged over 50 in every game, and his bowling has also been great.”
Three of the Shalom team – Gavin, captain Steven Grogan and Ben Lanskey – will back up in the Wide Bay team at the School Sports Queensland Open Championships in Mackay which start on Sunday.
Gladstone High will now meet Sunshine Coast regional champions Maroochydore High for a place in the state play-offs.
‘We are a good bowling side but they batted very sensibly, and they may have been a better all-round side.’