Quirindi into the swing of Australia Day bash

A FESTIVAL of backyard cricket was how the Quirindi Super 8s Big Bash tournament was described on Australia Day before the final.

Local junior side, the Falcons, showed the older blokes up, coming out on top of the 14 over, eight a side, eight team, annual competition.

The round games on Saturday and Sunday morning saw some great cricket, some terrible cricket, but most importantly some huge sixes.

Following the round games, the Falcons drew the The Impie in the first semi, with The Blumpkins playing Black Magic in the other.

On the back of a Dave McVicar 44 not out, the Blumpkins set a total of 127, with the loss of only five wickets.

In reply Black Magic got off to a quick start, but collapsed to fall 16 runs short of a grand final birth. The other semi was a low scoring affair with the Falcons collapsing for only 79 runs, but then defending the meagre total.

2-7 from Jarred Maxwell and 2-14 from Kain Montague had The Impie flailing at the top before falling four runs short.

In the final the Falcons won the toss and went in to bat.

Montague was once again the star, although this time with the bat scoring 33 opening before being caught on the boundary.

Chris Saunders then came in at six after some quick wickets fell and with some support from the tail hit 35 not out to set Blumpkins a total of 109 to chase.

The Blumpkins only managing to hit 87 before being bowled out.

Dave McVicar was their best with the willow again with a 38 not out, after retiring on thirty and coming back to the crease at the death.

The competition rules state that batsmen have to retire at 30 runs, but can come back in if everyone else is out.

McVicar was eventually caught on the rope with two overs to go to hand the Falcons the title and bragging rights for the next 12 months.

Quirindi District Cricket President Brendon Jones said it was a great tournament this year.

“The last two have been washed out so it was great to get out there again and have some fun,” Jones said.

“Most of the games have been close and there have been some big sixes into the car park.”

The tournament officially finished late last night at a post game and Australia Day celebration at the Imperial where the bragging and promises for next year began.

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