SWELTERING temperatures and a hot Central Highlands' bowling attack have knocked Callide Dawson out of contention in the Central Queensland Cricket Championships.
After a three-and-a-half- hour bus trip, Callide stepped out into steamy conditions.
On winning the toss, Central Highlands Hawks' captain Chris O'Shea elected to capitalise on the conditions and bat first on a slow and drying wicket.
After losing a wicket in the third over, Hawks' opener Martin Langan (72 runs) continued his consistent representative form and combined with Isaac Jones (23) to set up another outstanding platform for the middle order.
Langan's well constructed innings over 43 overs consisted of nine boundaries and was the catalyst for the team's 230-run innings.
The patient Langan received consistent support from an aggressive middle order of Steve Cullen (32), O'Shea (29), Reggie Parker (18) and Cameron Keene (21 not out).
The pick of the Callide bowlers was Ryan Hampson, who toiled well to claim 3 for 40 from his 10 overs.
Callide started their run chase confidently, racing to 20 from the first four overs before Hawks' paceman Jamie Iker collected two wickets in consecutive balls to have the visitors reeling at 2/29 at the first drinks break.
Led by former Hawk Ash Millican (32), Callide rallied but consistent wickets from the Hawks' seamers - including three from youngster Cameron Keene and two from the ever- reliable Steve Cullen - ensured the innings didn't build momentum.
Callide's Wade Weeks (34 not out) played a patient innings which threatened the Hawks' undefeated season but some great support bowling from Julian Curro, Parker and Joey Pratt, helped the home team restrict the visitors to a paltry 157 off their 50 overs.
While Callide was defeated by 73 runs, one pleasing aspect of their innings was that they batted out the entire 50 overs.
This second loss on the trot means Callide cannot qualify for the finals, even if they beat the highly fancied Rockhampton outfit at Biloela early in the new year.