A marvellous century by Redback Steve Kronk has led the Maleny Seniors cricket side to victory over the Burpengary Brumbies on Saturday.
Winning the toss and electing to field, Burpengary were soon rueing their decision with the temperature and Maleny’s batting quickly heating up. Redbacks’ openers Ryan Cosgrove and Rob Wilkes were in striking form racing the score to 68 runs off just 10 overs. When Cosgrove was out for a hasty 46, Kronk entered the innings and took control of the game. Kronk smashed the ball to all parts of the ground crucifying some wayward bowling.
Wilkes (25 runs) departed in the 18th over bringing Scott Corkin to the crease. Kronk and Corkin built on the Redbacks’ score with a blistering 121 run partnership. While Kronk was brutal smashing 6 sixes, Corkin showed control pushing singles to allow his batting partner to strike. Kronk brought up his century with a classical pull shot for six.
The stifling heat finally got the better of the old boys with Kronk dismissed for 110 in the 34th over and Corkin (33 runs) out in the following over. Youngsters Jake Heading (37 not out) and Nick Selman (20 not out) finished off the Redbacks’ innings smashing 67 runs in the last five overs to amass a massive total of 293.
Maleny entered the field chasing quick wickets and keen to get through as many overs as possible before the rain came. Krishna Alister answered the call, claiming a wicket in the first over. Jake Heading and Greg Corkin entered the attack pushing through the overs to ensure a result. Bowling what some might describe as spin, Heading kept the scoring to a minimum claiming 0 for 20 off 7 overs, while Corkin grabbed 2 for 12 off 5.
An eventful 2 over spell by Jason Brittle, claiming 3 wickets, plus run outs to Greg Corkin and Heading saw the Brumbies reeling at 8 for 91 in the 22nd over when the rain came. With no more play possible the Redbacks claimed victory due to superior run rate.
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