Crusaders cross boundaries to win

THE Westbury-aligned Cock `n' Bull Crusaders were a team in a hurry last night, smashing boundaries at will in a superior batting performance to claim the inaugural Carlton Mid Aussie 15s title.

Chasing the Mowbray-aligned Star Bar Slashers' total of 7-123, the Crusaders raced to 2-124 in 10.3 overs with some big hitting by openers Wayne Quarrell and Henry Terry and skipper Dane Anderson allowing them to cruise to an easy victory.

South Hobart-Sandy Bay's Quarrell retired 17 not out with two fours, Glenorchy's Terry 29 not out with three boundaries and Anderson 29 off 11 balls with two sixes.

They raced to 91 off 7.2 overs before losing their first wicket when Anderson was caught off Andy Gower.

Matthew Battle finished 16 not out and Ryan Meyer 14 not out as they chased down the required runs with ease.

Earlier, Slashers openers John Le Fevre and Matthew Scolyer got them off to a flyer, putting on a partnership of 38 in quick time.

Le Fevre hit 21 with two fours and a big six over long on and Scolyer made 19 before retiring not out with two fours.

Ian Champion scored 19 with a lofted straight drive for six into the bonus scoring zone a highlight.

Trent Keep put in a nice little cameo at the end scoring 24 not out including a clever paddle over the top of the wicketkeeper for a boundary and double runs in the bonus zone followed by a lofted off drive for four - 15 coming off the final over.

Michael Lukic was the most successful bowler for the Crusaders taking 2-26 off three overs.

The Crusaders' excellent fielding was a highlight including a brilliant leaping one-hander catch at short midwicket by captain Dane Anderson to dismiss the dangerous Champion, three run outs and some diving saves on the boundary lines.

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