Veterans overcome a tough day to bat at the Bay
CRICKET: Brent Dean and John Kosmidis might be on opposition teams but the Hervey Bay veterans had one thing in common on Saturday.
The duo, who play for Bushrangers and Cavaliers respectively, were the only batsmen to pass the 20-run mark.
Kosmidis finished with 40 atop a Cavaliers order that included former Australian Test spinner Nathan Hauritz, as the third-placed side reached 139.
Dean opened the batting for Bushrangers and scored 47 before he was bowled by Luke McCully (2-15 from six).
"Lucky Brent scored some runs because nobody else did,” Bushranger Jesse Riley said.
"I would've batted first if we won the toss because it was hot, but I wasn't too disappointed about batting second. We got them on the back foot early.
"We thought the pitch was doing a bit but it wasn't as good a batting deck as we thought it looked beforehand.”
A 46-run partnership between Dean and Anthony Eden (16) was the highlight of the successful, 34-over chase.
Ella Wyvill led Cavaliers' bowlers with 3-35, while Hauritz, who took 1-16 from 7.4 overs, conceded the winning runs. Sagar Shreeragh was the pick of Bushrangers' bowlers with 3-23, while Mankul Singh and Brent Firth-Meldrum took two wickets each.