Combined Country Wests batsman Andrew Porter lines up to hit a cover drive in the match against ATW.
Combined Country Wests batsman Andrew Porter lines up to hit a cover drive in the match against ATW. Scottie Simmonds

Pinney leads way for Highs

OPENER Shaun Pinney led from the front as Past Highs powered on at the top of the Bundaberg Division 2 table with a 133-run drubbing of Country/Wests in their 11th round clash.

They racked up 272 runs - despite being dismissed in the 38th of their allotted 40 overs - before bowling Panthers for 139 in reply.

Pinney continued his superb form with 78 runs, while opening bowlers Brent Gibson (3-19) and Dale Steele (2-29) were the destroyers.

Christian Kennedy was outstanding in a beaten side, claiming 4-44 and second-top scoring with 29.

Brothers accounted for Norths in the other Division 2 match with brothers Andrew and Steven Grogan laying the platform with a second-wicket partnership of 101, totally dominating in a modest total of 168.

Norths lost a wicket on the third ball of the innings, and they never recovered, going on to be bundled out for 104 with Rick McAlpine also continuing his fine form with 4-24.

Five of the six minor grade matches were washed out without results being achieved, with only Isis getting a win in their Division 3 clash with Country with Zac Dann (58) and Lennon Childs (3-15) playing leading hands.

YMCA increased its lead on the under-16 ladder with a 66-run victory over Across The Waves with Matt Aplin producing the good double of 41 runs and 2-10.

Country consolidated its lead in U14, also overpowering Waves by 61 runs with Andrew Porter again shining with an unbeaten 50 and 2-2 from five overs.

Division 2 will play one more round before the Christmas recess, this Saturday, but the next Divisions 3 and 4 rounds will be on January 7 and 8, with junior fixtures to resume one week later.



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