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8 November, 2021

Bandits batter Barron

MAREEBA third grade has again put one over their competition rivals and premiers Barron last Sunday, winning their first 40-over match up by three wickets.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba opening Batsman Brendan (The Italian Stallion) Falvo proved invaluable in Sunday’s win against Barron. PHOTO BY PETER ROY.

Barron won the toss and decided to set the total against Mareeba’s competitive bowling lineup.

It was a slow start for Barron and they never really found their feet as wickets fell consistently after the first wicket in the second over. Some tidy middle overs bowling by danger duo Cian Cochran and Jarrod France put Barron in a tough spot.

The opening bowlers returned to finish out the last eight overs and bowled well, taking the last wickets needed to retire Barron for 150. 

Despite losing a wicket quickly, Mareeba steadied the ship thanks to the efforts of Brendan (The Italian Stallion) Falvo and captain Brendan Payne.

While Falvo soaked up 62 balls for 26 runs, his partnership with Payne proved to be the deciding factor with his partner smashing 65 runs off 55 balls, bringing Mareeba to 109 before he fell after drinks.

A small collapse in Mareeba’s middle order shook things up as they edged closer to Barron’s total, Cian Cochran managed to get Mareeba over the line in the 35th over as he hit the winning runs.

Mareeba fourths didn’t fair so well in their game against Barron on Saturday as Barron managed a convincing eight-wicket victory. 

After winning the toss Mareeba decided to bat and couldn’t provide the runs needed, with only two players making it into double figures, one of which was young Will Hanlon at three who put out a tidy 50 runs off 69 balls.

His efforts managed to get Mareeba to 117. Things looked golden for Mareeba in their opening spells with Leonard Hodges claiming one of Barron’s openers for a golden duck. 

This opened the gate for Barron’s number three who propelled his team over the line, hitting 73 runs off 72 balls with 10 fours. Barron passed Mareeba’s total in the 20th over, only losing two wickets. 

Mareeba fourths will now travel to Cairns this Saturday to face off against Norths while thirds will face Mulgrave in Mareeba on Sunday.

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