Murgon score Gympie A-grade grand final
CRICKET: Ashley Sippel went ball to ball for 111 runs not out in the Murgon Crusaders major semi-final against the Gympie Colts.
Captain of the side Graham Brown said it was Sippel's experience that guided the side to victory on Saturday to score a spot in the Gympie A-grade grand final.
"He needed to get us to a respectable total and it was enough,” he said.
The Crusaders batted through the 40 overs to finish on 8/206.
Kurt McArthur made 32 runs off 40 balls, Graham Brown scored 21 off 27 and Jamian Currin finished on 17 not out after facing 14 deliveries.
Dean Chandler claimed three wickets for 45 runs off eight overs for the Colts.
Gary McClintock,Chris Hughes and Anthony Smerdon claimed one each.
The Crusaders showed depth in their bowling attack with seven players claiming wickets to defend their total.
Bryce Edwards claimed two wickets for 21 runs off 6 overs and Graham Brown also dismissed two batsmen for 39 runs off eight overs.
Jason Webber, Jamian Currin, Zac Dann, Chris Medcalf and Ashley Sippel all claimed one wicket each.
Dean Walker was the highest run scorer for the Colts on 33 followed by Anthony Smerdon on 22 not out.
The Colts batted through the innings finishing on 9/186, 20 runs short of the win.
The Crusaders will play either the Colts or the Harlequins in the grand final who will face each other next week.
The Crusaders have won against the Harelquins twice this season and been defeated once with an under-strength team.
"From what I gather we will go in with an unchanged team and we will be confident,” Brown said.
"We are a lot stronger now and everyone is ready for the grand final.”
While the grand final will be played in Gympie as the number one team the Crusaders have the advantage of playing on their favourite Kozminsky Oval on March 9.
"It is our favourite ground and we have had a lot of success there,” Brown said.