MONTO have recaptured the form that catapulted them into the 2008 cricket grand final.
After several seasons in the cricketing wilderness Monto travelled over the Coominglah Range and joined the Callide Dawson Cricket competition for the 2007/08 season and, after dominating the regular season, waltzed into the grand final.
The loss of several key players last season saw them finish fourth, but by thumping defending premiers Thangool on Sunday they slipped into second place and sounded a warning to the others teams – they want to win the silverware this season.
Martin Harm paved the way for Monto’s huge 232-run total with a sparkling 89 not out.
Together with opener Martin Dow (69) they pushed Monto to 3/140 after 29 overs. The partnership ended with Dow run out off the arm of teenager Caleb Russell.
Harm combined well with the middle order (Shane Curtis 12) and (Rod Price 16no) to set the imposing total.
While Warren Chapman managed to pick up two wickets, conceding 64 runs, off his eight overs, the best with the ball for Thangool was Andrew Larsen with 1/28 off eight overs.
Things were never going to be easy for Possums after losing opener Ray Stanley on the third ball and in the 10th over they slumped to 3/35 and were never able to recover.
Jason Russell attempted to rescue the innings with his 45-run knock and together with Shane Davis (27) they managed to reach 104.
Raymond Radke compiled 34 but received very little help from the tail and Thangool’s innings ended on 171.
Shane Curits (2/22), Martin Harm (2/15) and Aaron Mumford (2/15) were Monto’s multiple wicket takers.
Colts racked up their second consecutive win, defeating Primed XI by 37 runs under lights on Saturday.
Colts scored 203 courtesy of healthy knocks by Trent Anderson (49), David Hall (43), Chris Dawson (44) and Ben Vakarrawa (23no).
Gavin Reimer (3/18) and Nathan Rosenblatt (3/35) stood out with the ball for Primed XI.
In reply Joel Allen (27) and Trent Reimer (65) provided Primed XI with the chance to steal the premiership points before Dan Curtin tore through the batting line-up.
Curtin finished with 5/30 and together with Scott Pegler (2/25) secured the win for Colts.
Goovigen/Baralaba reinforced their standing as premiership favourites with a dominant batting display against Valentine Plains on Sunday.
Plains scored an imposing 7/224 off their 40 overs with Cliff Dahtler (74), Matthew Weeks (38) and Sam Boal (36) providing the backbone of the innings.
Gavin Bailey (3/33) and Kash McLean (2/45) made batting difficult by extracting swing and movement off the wicket.
Goovigen’s top order pounced on the wayward Plains bowling to make light work of the run chase.
Steve Ball (61) and Andrew Evetts (59) punished the lose deliveries and had the run rate skipping along at seven runs over.
Nick Drochmann (49 no) and John Bidgood (16no) claimed the victory with five overs to spare.
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