Cudgen's Caleb Ziebell starred in the Regional Big Bash finals at the SCG on Sunday.
Cudgen's Caleb Ziebell starred in the Regional Big Bash finals at the SCG on Sunday. Blainey Woodham

Rock fall short after Ziebell double knock

A QUICKFIRE 43 runs off 25 balls by Cudgen cricketer Caleb Ziebell wasn't enough to drive Northern Rivers Rock to a title in the Regional Big Bash T20 grand final at the SCG on Sunday.

Chasing Orana Outlaws' total of 188, opener Ziebell smashed eight fours to reach 43 off just 25 balls to set the Rock up for a tilt at the title, before the side fell an agonising 13 runs short on 7/175 off their 20 overs.

The side had advanced to Sunday's final after a stirring four-run win over the Newcastle Blasters earlier in the day, once again led by Caleb Ziebell's batting.

Ziebell bashed eight 4's and a six in a supreme knock of 77 off just 53 balls, to take the Rock to 7-171 off their 20 overs.

In response, the Blasters got off to a great start, led by opener Nathan Price who finished on 69 off 47.

It came down to the final over, with Newcastle needing 17 runs to win.

With a boundary off the first ball of the over, bowled by Kershler, the Blasters went close but fell four runs short, with the Rock advancing to the grand final against Orana, who defeated the Wagga Sloggers to advance to Sunday afternoon's final.

Captained by Cudgen's Anthony Kershler, who took four key wickets off just three overs in the grand final to keep the Rock in the hunt, the side also included Cudgen's Jamie Wilson, Tait Burns, James Julius and fellow Ziebell, Connor, as well as Pottsville's Adam Rogers and Ryan Mcloy.

Opening the batting, Ziebell smashed eight fours and was well supported by Burns and Luke Hamilton who knocked 26 and 35 respectively, before Sam Adams chipped in with 22 off 17 balls to almost get the Rock over the line.

Orana's Mitch Bower and Matthew Skinner proved the difference between the two sides.

Bower smashed three sixes and a four in a knock of 52 off 20 balls, while middle-order batsman Skinner took to the Rock, hitting 23 runs off just 10 deliveries.



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