A DEVASTATING opening spell by Taroom-Wandoan quick Don Lethbridge, during which he claimed Jandowae's top three batsmen for ducks, was pivotal in his side's claiming back-to-back Chinchilla and District Cricket Association premierships.
Lethbridge claimed a wicket with the first ball of the day on the turf at Chinchilla, and then the last ball of his first over.
“There was plenty in the pitch for the bowlers,” Lethbridge said.
“There was a lot of movement off the deck.”
Man of the match Lethbridge also hit the winning runs in a match where ball dominated bat and both sides bowled and caught well.
Medium quick outswing bowler Lethbridge (4/16) claimed four of the first six wickets to have Jandowae reeling at 6/12.
Jandowae's lower order fought back with skipper Brad Parton (30), Adrian Myring (11) and W. Flegler (30 not out) added some respectability to the score to get Jandowae to 94.
Scott Tennyson (2/8) and Graham Nowell (3/31) also shone for Taroom-Wandoan.
Lethbridge said his side was worried about Jandowae's lower-order strikers and were disappointed to see the opposition reach the 90s after the early damage.
He said they had been expecting a flat deck good for batting after Jandowae had scored 300 the week before.
But after Jandowae won the toss and elected to bat, it become apparent there was life in the pitch.
“It turned out it was a good toss to lose,” Lethbridge said.
Taroom-Wandoan did not have it all their own way in the run chase, with both openers back in the sheds before the total reached 20.
Lethbridge's brother Rob was the batting rock for Taroom-Wandoan scoring 37 before he was caught behind of the bowling of Adrian Myring.
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