Palm Beach opener Steve Tolputt plays and misses during the Gabba Sports Cup final against Southport.
Palm Beach opener Steve Tolputt plays and misses during the Gabba Sports Cup final against Southport.

Southern comfort

By Tania Phillips

IT will be an all southern division grand final when Palm Beach Currumbin and Broadbeach-Robina face off in the Gabba Sports Cup decider at Kerrydale next week.

The pair earned the right to meet in the final after winning their semis at the weekend.

Palm Beach out-played Surfers Paradise, who finished second in the northern division, while Broadbeach Robina were too strong for Southport Labrador.

At Salk Oval, Southern minor premiers Palm Beach exacted revenge for last year's grand final loss to Surfers.

Batting first, Palm Beach put in one of their best batting performances of the year to rack up 9-228.

"We batted all day and were nine down at the end," captain Troy Newton said.

"We were 5-80 but Steve Mitchell put on 57 and he and Mick Durbridge (33) put on 80."

The rear-guard action continued with all-rounder Glen Czosnek scoring 23 and Eddie Mitchell (14) and captain Troy Newton (10 not out) putting on 30 for the final wicket.

Set 229 for victory, Surfers started well and were cruising along at 0-38.

However Jason Simmons turned the tide for Palm Beach, taking three wickets for in the space of two overs.

The wickets signalled the start of the end for Surfers who crumbled to be all out for 121 with Simmons (3-25) and Newton (3-10) the chief destroyers.

"It was sweeter than sweet," Newton said of the victory.

"We bowled tight and everyone had pretty good figures, but we batted better and bowled better. We set it up yesterday - it was way too many runs."

Broadbeach accounted for the tough Southport side, successfully chasing down the northern team's total of 156 and finishing just eight wickets down in the 57th over.

Tony Andrews top scored for Broadbeach with 55 while the dependable Sean Fitzsimmons scored 36.



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