Blackwater cricketers leave the best for last

THEY say some teams leave their best until last and Blackwater’s senior cricket side looks to have put truth in the theory.

Often on the wrong end of narrow defeats in the Central Highlands season, Blackwater found luck with a three-run win over Springsure at the weekend.

Stewart Harris and Zac Bills got the visitors off to a strong start with 48 and 25 runs respectively before wildcard Jason Magee chipped in with 22 runs of his own for Blackwater.

In reply, 15-year-old Damien Rogers made a good dent with the ball taking 2-5 including the vital wicket of Springsure’s top-scorer Steve Ferry just shy of two overs for Blackwater.

Bills also finishing with 2-20 from 10.

But the real damage was made at the hands of medium-pacer Reg Parker who was in blistering form taking 5-25 including two maidens from his 10 overs bowled.

“I’ve been trying to get him to play for years. I said ‘You could have been bowling like that for us for the last two years’,” Blackwater captain Rodney Rogers said.

Parker has been one of the mainstays in the Blackwater side in previous weeks, posting big scores with the bat at the top of the order if he was not taking five wicket hauls at the bowling crease as well.

“All the other guys played pretty well,” Rogers added.

“It was real team effort, I’m really pleased.

“Everybody was supporting each other and there were only a couple of missed chances.”

With next season still many months away, Rogers said the team would be enjoying a well-earned break during the winter months.

And as to the chances of Rogers pulling on the whites for another season with Blackwater...

“It depends on how the body holds up, we’ll have to wait and see,” he said.

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