Terranora takes points

By TANIA PHILLIPS

A STRONG fielding and bowling performance helped Terranora to seven run victory over Broadbeach-Robina in the rain affected final day of the Gabba Sporting Products Cup round three on Saturday.

Resuming at 1-69 at Bilambil, Broadbeach were all out for 192 just short of Terranora's first innings total of 199.

The victory leaves the young Terranora side unbeaten after three rounds.

Terranora captain Mick Gray said his young side had shown a lot of maturity to win the tight rain affected game.

"The boys never gave up as usual," he said.

"They showed a lot of intensity all the way."

Terranora received an added bonus with Broadbeach play-maker and captain Sean Fitzsimmons on representative duties on Saturday.

"He said at the toss to that he couldn't play on day two so I was happy to win the toss and try and bat all day," Gray said.

"It didn't quite happen and he punished us a bit last week making 51."

With Fitzsimmons missing, former Terranora player Grant Jennings, 38, offered the only resistance before he fell to a spectacular diving gully catch by Ryan Willoughby off the bowling of the consistent Craig Bonner.

Bonner, who successfully tied down one end for most of the afternoon, finished with 2-77 off 27 overs. David Parkes put in an impressive performance late in the innings, finishing with 3-27.

He came within centimetres of taking a rare hattrick, dismissing Shenton and Littlejohn in successive balls before dropping a return catch from Sheehan on the crucial third ball.

Terranora now face a tough challenge against defending premiers Palm Beach Currumbin in this weekend's game at Salk Oval, Palm Beach.

Like Terranora, Palm Beach remain undefeated after the opening three rounds. On Saturday they proved too strong for Murwillumbah, winning on first innings by 58 runs at Galleon Way, Currumbin.

Palm Beach made 145 on an inconsistent wicket last week and at stumps had Murwillumbah in trouble at 6-58.

Despite just one hour's play possible due to Saturday's heavy rain, Palm Beach were able to secure the points They dismissed Murwillumbah for 87 with Siemon McFie making 21 and Troy Newton taking 3-23. Murwillumbah captain Kevan Newell said the side's lack of experienced bowlers probably cost them on day one. By contrast PBC have a lot of firepower, led by Troy Newton who has captured 20 wickets in three games.



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