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Springsure slips home with wickets, overs spare

Steve Carson snares a wicket for Springsure in last season’s competition. Captain Steve Cullen is hopeful of a renewed performance this year.
Steve Carson snares a wicket for Springsure in last season’s competition. Captain Steve Cullen is hopeful of a renewed performance this year.

SPRINGSURE got home by seven wickets in their opening Central Highlands senior cricket clash with Rolleston at the weekend.

Despite Rolleston's strong first innings stand of 3-176, Springsure was able to match its southern counterparts, knocking 4-187 with six overs to spare.

After falling in the final hurdle in last year's grand final, Springsure captain Steve Cullen said it was a relief to get the season's first win under its belt.

"The whole team batted pretty well, it's good to get a win up on the board," he said.

And well indeed, with almost the entire batting top order pushing their scores above 30 runs.

Cullen himself put his new season batting average in healthy figures, with a quick-fire 47 not out including five sixes and two boundaries.

Rolleston's batting scorecard was not without its merits either. Schwartz and Wells posting 97 between them in a solid middle order partnership. The only thing that the Rolleston line-up was missing was more overs.

Smith did well with the ball for Rolleston, finishing with final figures of 1-28, but it was nothing compared to the consistent 1-11 from eight overs bowled by Springsure's Tony Linklater.

Cullen said they'll be looking to the bowlers to step up this season and hopefully go one better on last year's effort.

"Clermont is always strong, and usually the side to beat," he said.

Springsure will get its grand final rematch this weekend taking on Clermont in round two.


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