A sensational century by Nick Selman, plus an outstanding seven wicket haul by Krishna Alister have the Maleny Redbacks’ senior cricket team in prime position to secure an outright victory over the Landsborough Loggers.
Batting first in their two day match, the Redback batsmen quickly had the run rate up above 4 an over, however the loss of regular wickets was detrimental to the cause. Coming in at second drop, Selman took the time to build his innings and was Maleny’s lynch pin to a big score.
At 6 for 101 the Redbacks needed a big partnership and Selman led the way supported by Greg Corkin. The pair combined to take the score to a 154 at tea, with Selman on 43. Returning from the break the boys were eager to push the score along and Selman responded smashing the Loggers attack to all parts of the boundary. Ten overs after the tea interval Maleny declared their innings at 6 for 255 with Selman scoring 117no and Corkin 42no. Selman’s stroke play was fantastic in his chanceless century, hitting 5 sixes and 7 fours.
The Redbacks’ entered the field keen to continue on their roll. Opening bowler Alister made the most of the breeze producing a dominate display of inswing bowling. Alister tore through the Landsborough batting line to claim the impressive figures of 5 for 18 off 9 overs. With two wickets a piece to Steve Kronk and Jake Heading, the Loggers were bowled out for 60 in the seventeenth over.
With the Redbacks’ captain enforcing the follow on, Alister was in the game again firstly producing an outstanding run out, before claiming 2 for 3 off 2 overs. With two wickets also going to an aggressive Kronk, at the close of play Landsborough is reeling at 5 for 18 chasing a further 176 runs to make the Redbacks bat again.
Maleny will enter next week eager to claim the remaining wickets and secure outright victory.
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