Short Fuses give KLAS bouncers a shock in the Tenterfield cricket competition.

The top spot of the local cricket competition is once again tied with only the run and wicket differential deciding on first place.

After a thrilling match on Wednesday night the KLAS Bouncers lost to the Short Fuses 10/95 to 4/101. The Bouncers opted to bat first after winning the toss but even with a top knock from Steve Brown with 41 runs, the remaining batsmen couldn’t score above 10 runs.

Joe Foster managed to topple their highest run-scorer which led to him bowling 2/3. Shaun Merchant also bowled well managing 1/9 and Joe Brown scored a maiden over. The second innings saw the Short Fuses up to bat with the opening partnership of Scott Bates and Joe Brown.

The duo batted exceptionally well scoring 40 and 28 runs respectively before both being bowled out in the 12th and 13th over. Mick Parker and Pat Skinner managed to keep the runs down conceding only 4 runs each with a wicket, while Pat also recorded a maiden over.

Thursday night the XI Ducks record a convincing win against the Royals scoring 5/160 to the Royals’ 9/98. The Royals won the toss and opted to field first as the XI Ducks opened with Jayson Murphy and Ben Austin. The XI Ducks scored a huge total thanks to a good innings from Mitch Austin with 39 runs and Tim Kelly not out for 49.

Will Holley and George Little both did their best to keep the total down bowling 1/8 apiece. However, it proved too much for the Royals even with Pete Holley and Andrew O’Brien scoring 22 and 17 runs respectively. Matt Townes had an impressive spell for the XI Ducks bowling 4 wickets and conceding a mere 5 runs while Mitch Austin scored 2/4.

Currently the ladders stands with the KLAS Bouncers on top of the ladder with 13 points, followed by the Short Fuses also on 13. The XI Ducks are gaining on the leaders with 12 runs while the Telegraph Slammers remain on 8 and the Royals on 4 points. Next week sees the XI Ducks take on Telegraph Slammers while the Short Fuses are against the Royals, KLAS Bouncers have the bye.

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