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Magpies catch-up falls short for victory

GOING, GOING, GONE: Emerald Magpies secure a wicket against Clermont in the final round of the regular season in the Central Highlands. Photo by Terry Hill
GOING, GOING, GONE: Emerald Magpies secure a wicket against Clermont in the final round of the regular season in the Central Highlands. Photo by Terry Hill

WHEN you are chasing almost 400 runs in just 50 overs of cricket, sometimes no matter what second innings magic you muster, a mammoth total like that set by Clermont was always going to be better.

Set a staggering 390 runs for victory, bottom-of-the-table Emerald Magpies were bowled out for just 110 in the 21st over.

“I really wanted us to put in a solid performance heading into the semi-finals,” Clermont captain Ryan Nunan said. “And I knew if we won we would be second on the table.”

Century-making efforts by Clermont’s Reece Williams and Kurt Sullivan made good inroads for the visitors during the first innings at Epic sport fields, smashing a towering 196 run partnership.

Williams’ batting prowess showed no sign of weakening with his weekend 100 run (retired) knock making it his fifth century stand this season.

He may be able to give maiden ton rookie Sullivan a few tips on centurion status with his 104 run effort the highest in his cricketing career, but not that it showed.

“I think he was just more relieved than anything,” Nunan said of Kurt’s achievement.

“He made it his own… it’s the culmination of some really good form on his behalf.”

Further down the order, opening bowler Berry Shann showed how he was just as at ease with the bat as he was with the ball, making 56 runs for the Clermont total, including five sixes and four boundaries.

Berry also chipped in with two Magpies’ wickets to finish with final figures of 2-11 from five overs bowled.

Clermont’s younger stars were also in great form.

At only 15-years-old, Astin Nunan and Marcus Schrader have adapted quickly to the senior grade taking wickets and making runs by the dozen.

Schrader made a good dent in last weekend’s bowling attack, taking 3-10.

Looking ahead, Clermont’s run into the semi-finals doesn’t get any easier taking on third placed Emerald Brothers this week but Nunan was confident they would finish the season strongly.

“We beat them in the first round, then the second match was washed out but we’re hitting out form,” he said.

“The two sides are that close that it is just a matter of whoever plays better on the day will win it.”

Springsure are Central Highlands minor premiers.

Emerald Magpies were unavailable for comment at the time of CQ News going to print.

“And I knew if we won we would be second on the table.”

Ryan Nunan


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