Batting marathon defies script

FOR many non-believers cricket is boring at the best of times, but what South Tweed fans suffered at the hands of Marist Brothers at Heaps Oval on Saturday was mind-numbing.

Sleeping fans had to be shuttled back to the Tweed after enduring the most lethargic opening day of a LJ Hooker League clash this year.

With points at a premium in the race for the fourth and final semi-final berth, the round 11 clash between the fourth and sixth-placed outfits had been billed as a blockbuster but Marist ignored the script.

At stumps on day one the hosts were a meagre 3-84 off 37 overs.

Their approach intended to deny Colts any hope of victory and the chance to leapfrog them in the race for a finals berth.

“What an uneventful game,” South Tweed scorer Stephen Reade said.

“Their openers Craig Ferguson and Paul Simes were solid if unspectacular but fortunately Jack Boote put an end to their monotonous reign.

“He first toppled Simes lbw for 16 off about 2489 balls before Ferguson was caught and bowled for 20 off about 3642 balls.”

Boote then combined with ’keeper Matt Shean to dismiss Ben Cooper (9) before Nick De Giusti (21 not out) and Dane Moreton (9no) inched to stumps.

Boote (3-30) was the most dangerous of the bowlers while Joel Walle (0-33) can consider himself unlucky not to have claimed a scalp.

Despite Marists’ best efforts to bore Colts into submission, Reade said the buzz around camp remained positive and that South Tweed were confident of finding a way through when play resumes Saturday.



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