FINALS: Country Commercials and Charleville Railways went head to head at the weekend.
FINALS: Country Commercials and Charleville Railways went head to head at the weekend. Contributed

Outstanding with for Commercials

CRICKET: The Country Commercials have struck gold as they faced Charleville Railways in the knock out semi-final.

Taking the win by the merest of margins, the Commercials were the underdogs of the game, having to work hard to secure the win.

Railways' luck was up at the beginning of the day when they won the toss and elected to bat on a hot and humid day.

Opening batsmen Nick Russell (19) and Charlie Aitken (26) got off to a solid start before Robert Nass (2/21 off 8) dismissed both batsmen to have Railways 3/54 at the 15-over mark.

Chris Thomas (38) batting at three was the top scorer for Railways and with the help of Nick Thompson (27) and Les Toms (18), Railways scored 168 in their 40 overs.

Commercials toiled hard in the field and bowled well but only catching three out of 10 balls, they knew they would have to work hard when they batted.

Another bump in the road came sooner than later when Commercials' first batsman Jay Dunne (2), Morgan Collins (12) and veteran Peter Smith (20) were dismissed to have Commercials 3/44 after 11 overs.

However, Joel Saffy (20) and Nass (49) began to resurrect the run chase with a hard-fought 77-run partnership before Saffy was out with the score on 121.

Nass was dismissed in the 29th over with the score on 130.

Glen Wallace (four not out) and Kyle McDonald (32) rallied to get Commercials within six runs with two overs remaining.

McDonald was run out in the second last over trying to steal a quick single, with Nick Thompson asked to bowl the last over of the innings and had Jaye Steer caught off the first ball.

Still needing four to win, Dom Barton produced a cracker shot on the fifth ball of the last over, sending the ball to the boundary to end what was an exciting game.

Commercials now take on Tambo to earn the right to play Quilpie in the grand final.


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