Captain Mitchell Parsons led from the front with an unbeaten 100 as Brothers chased down East Bundy Magpies’ imposing total of 8-247.
Brothers won the game with six wickets in hand and 4.4 overs to spare in their Bundaberg Cricket Rum City Foods Division 1 Premiership fourth round showdown at Salter Oval last Saturday.
The Magpies recovered from 7-117 to stake their claim, thanks mainly to a hard-hitting unconquered 70 from No. 9 Roy Heath.
They looked to be in total control when they had Brothers teetering at 4-83, until Mitchell and best mate Sam Pearson combined in an unbroken stand of 165 with Sam also excelling with a determined 62.
Brothers were however dislodged from the top of the table by Waves, who thrashed reigning champions Norths by 217 runs with brothers Kori and Hayden Pope leading the charge with 73 and 53 respectively, then paceman Matthew Pozzebon the destroyer with 5-18.
Brothers also staged a great run chase to defeat Magpies by four wickets in Division 2 with one of their young guns, Pat Marshman, the stand-out with an unbeaten 47 and 4-25.
Mitchell Parsons’ century capped a red-letter 24 hours for the 22-year-old after also scoring a superb unbeaten 53 as Headlands Pies started their Aussie Bundy Big Bash T20 title defence in the best possible way.
They had a six-wicket first-round victory over Searle’s RV Centre Vikings on Friday night, with captain Brendan Handley also outstanding with 51 at a strike-rate of 145%.
There was one other century recorded for the round, with Sam Stuchbery notching an unbeaten 107 from 81 balls for Waves against Hervey Bay Colts in Junior Cricket 3-Under-16’s after Tarah Staines had cut loose with 5-21.
On the representative scene, Wide Bay’s batting woes continued as they were trounced by Sandgate-Redcliffe by eight wickets in their Queensland Premier Cricket Lord Taverner’s clash at Salter Oval on Sunday.
Bundaberg’s Toby Lamond played a lone hand with 54 in their paltry total of 111, while fellow local Lachlan Heycox claimed an early wicket in his 1-18, and Sam Stuchbery picked up the other wicket, but the Southerners were always in control.
The win-less Wide Bay will find it tough again when they travel to play Redlands, who have won five of their nine games, this Sunday.
All Bundaberg senior and junior cricket tomorrow has been cancelled due to the very wet pitches and the prediction of more heavy rain.
Inspirational captain/coach Tom Akers bagged a hat-trick of tries as Waves Falcons snatched a 24-18 victory from the jaws of defeat in their Rugby Bundaberg Bundy Hot Gas Spring Cup fourth round battle at Brothers Sports Club on Saturday.
Down by one point in the dying minute, Falcons dug deep for a deserved victory, with Tom’s elder brother John also chipping in with two conversions.
Meanwhile, East Bundaberg Pythons proved themselves as the real deal, maintaining their perfect record from three matches, strangling perennial heavyweights Fraser Coast Mariners 30-15.
Tomorrow, a fierce physical contest is on the cards in the showdown between the two unbeaten sides, with reigning premiers West Barbarians hosting Pythons at Jubilee Park at 6.30pm, after Mariners suit up against Falcons at 4.30pm.
Impressive first-round winners Western Suburbs Panthers were brought crashing back to earth, suffering two crushing losses in their Coral Coast Softball A Grade Ladies double-header at Brothers Sports Club on Saturday, with Brothers United Firesticks turning the tables on them 16-2, then Waves Tsunamis also showing no mercy in a 19-1 drubbing to make it two wins from as many matches to launch their campaign.
Tsunamis will be put to the test however when they take on three-times defending champions Firesticks at Brothers Sports Complex at 2.20pm tomorrow.
Panthers will travel to Hervey Bay to take on Terrors.
There is just one A Grade Men’s game tomorrow with Waves Schooners taking on Bargara Bombers at 4.10pm at Brothers.
Here are all the scores:
AUSSIE BUNDY BIG BASH
Headlands Pies 4/138(cc) (M Parsons 53*, B Handley 51, A Richardson 2/13, J Haaksma 2/35) def Searle's RV Centre Vikings 4/136(cc) (J Winen 63, H Pope 2/19).
RUM CITY FOODS DIVISION 1 PREMIERSHIP
Brothers 4/248 (M Parsons 100, S Pearson 62, A Lankowski 26, A Richardson 2/21) d East Bundy Magpies 8/247(cc) (R Heath 70, T Seeds 40, C Baker 35, D Bonser 31, A Richardson 25, D Krebs 3/21, J Santacaterina 2/16).
Waves 9/321(cc) (K Pope 73, H Pope 53, Sean Stuchbery 34, A Pozzebon 34, L Owen 32, B Handley 2/47, D Turner 2/56, S Smith 2/58) def Norths 104 (M Pozzebon 5/18, K Hard 2/13).
RUM CITY FOODS DIVISION 2 PREMIERSHIP
Brothers 6/211 (G Chapman 56, P Marshman 47, N Clarke 36, D Collin 27, W Barritt 3/31) def East Bundy Magpies 7/208(cc) (E McLean 63, F Rogers 31, P Rehbein 27, P Marshman 4/25, T Lamond 2/44). Norths 3/159 (S Pinney 73, S Rose 50*, R Grills 3/31) def Waves 156 (J Kleidon 37, D Unwin 33, J Balaam 2/7, L Webster 2/18, J Howard 2/23, S Pinney 2/45).
RUM CITY FOODS DIVISION 3 PREMIERSHIP
YMCA 6/201(cc) (L Webster 83, J Faint 36, B Woodward 34*, C Singh 3/38) def East Bundy Magpies 10/117 (D Somirathne 53, C Singh 25, J Faint 4/23, J Grigg 4/28).
Waves 7/65 (Simon Millett 4/13, J McInnes 2/7) def Brothers 62 (J Beveridge 3/1, D Linwood 2/8, B Grey 2/18).
RUM CITY FOODS JUNIOR CRICKET 3-16S PREMIERSHIP
Waves 3/208(cc) (S Stuchbery 107, T Coates 51, J Reid 2/20) def Hervey Bay Colts 119 (T Geldard 46, T Staines 5/21). Norths 3/161 (O Wendt 57) def Maryborough 114 (E Hamel 3/11, O Wendt 2/22).
YMCA/Isis 6/152(cc) (C Rehbein 43, T Lamond 2/21, J Hill 2/22) def Brothers Mustangs 53 (11 wickets) (S Murton 3/5, C Steele 2/11).
RUM CITY FOODS JUNIOR CRICKET 3-14S PREMIERSHIP
Norths Bundy Power 6/175 (T Kapernick 60, T Titmarsh 2/32) d Maryborough 4/173(cc) (M Wilcox 37, L Lourigan 25, T Kapernick 2/20).
Waves 4/216(cc) (N Delacy 58, A Stuchbery 55, T Delacy 37) def Brothers Raptors 101 (Z Honor 38, N Delacy 2/7, X Childs 2/8).
Norths Bundy Bears 8/150(cc) (T Elphinstone 36, A Stevens 30, C Barr 3/5, R Folker 2/22) def Hervey Bay Colts 9/141 (S Du Plessis 26*, S Juster 2/11, L McDonald 2/12).
RUM CITY FOODS JUNIOR CRICKET 2 PREMIERSHIP
Norths Avengers 5/154(dec) (T Dwyer 29, O Abell 27, C Lloyd 2/15) def Brothers Broncos 8/45 (J Harm 2/5). Isis 7/142(cc) (C Higgins 29, X Holzberger 3/10) def Brothers Pumas 99 (C Muggeridge 3/11).
Norths SEI Strikers 6/137(cc) (C Marschke 27, T Nieuwoudt 26, J Jithesh 2/7, B Mathew 2/9) def YMCA/Easts 8/88 (A Felstead 32*, D Walker 3/11).
RUGBY BUNDABERG BUNDY HOT GAS SPRING CUP
EAST BUNDABERG PYTHONS 30 (Peni Vakaduadua, Thomas Cox, Chris Larson, Viliame Nadruku tries; Jackson Paulson Conversion, other Conversion Kicker Name Withheld; Jackson Paulson Penalty Goal, other Penalty Kicker Name Withheld) d FRASER COAST MARINERS 15 (Paula Bete 2 tries; Conversion & Penalty Goal).
WAVES FALCONS 24 (Tom Akers 3, Riley Spencer tries; John Akers 2 Conversions) d TURTLES BROTHERS 18 (Epili Nabatisila try, Other Try Scorer’s Name Withheld; Layton Chambers Conversion & 2 Penalty Goals).
SOFTBALL CORAL COAST
A GRADE LADIES
WAVES TSUNAMIS 19 d WESTERN SUBURBS PANTHERS 1; BROTHERS UNITED FIRESTICKS 16 d WESTERN SUBURBS 1.
B GRADE LADIES
BARGARA LEOPARDS 18 d TERRORS YELLOW 1; WAVES SEASHELLS 10 drew WESTERN SUBURBS PUMAS 10; 9; BARGARA BANDITS 16 d MISFITS 3; BROTHERS UNITED CROSSFIRE 13 d WESTERN SUBURBS COUGARS 6; WAVES BREAKERS 18 d BROTHERS UNITED INFERNO 8; TERRORS BLUE 17 d MISFITS 5.
B GRADE MEN
BROTHERS UNITED FLAME 10 d WAVES CRUISERS 4; WAVES CUTTERS 8 d WESTERN SUBURBS LYNX 5; TERRORS d BARGARA BULLS ON FORFEIT.
BROTHERS UNITED TNT 13 d WAVES DRIFTERS 6; TERRORS 14 d BARGARA BRONCS 0; WAVES WAVERIDERS 14 d WESTERN SUBURBS LIONS 2.
BROTHERS UNITED BLAZE 7 d WAVES RIPTIDES 4; TERRORS 19 d BARGARA BANDICOOTS 2; WAVES TORPEDOES 9 d WESTERN SUBURBS TIGERS 4.
WAVES MARINERS 14 d BROTHERS UNITED SPARKS 1.
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