Blackstars win Mount Isa T20 premiership

PREMIERS: Blackstars celebrate their T20 win over Panthers on Saturday. Photo: contributed
PREMIERS: Blackstars celebrate their T20 win over Panthers on Saturday. Photo: contributed

Blackstars confirmed their domination of the local cricket scene with a convincing win over Panthers in the T20 grand final at Sunset Oval on Saturday.

Panthers won the toss and they sent Blackstars in to bat first.

Blackstars openers got off to a good start scoring at eight runs per over for the first eight overs.

Then they lost Andy Cullis (41) in the ninth and Ash Benson (23) in the 10th over going into the drinks break at 2 for 71.

Blackstars lost two more wickets in the last 10 overs with Jamie Stewart (34 not out) and Trent Cameron (22 not out) taking the total to 4 for 167 at the end of the Blackstars innings.

Best bowlers for Panthers were captain Daniel Tucker (3 for 20) and Calum Fullelove (1 for 25)

Panthers started their run chase slowly losing opener Dom Clarke (4) in the second over and then Matt Birchley (1) in the third.

Captain Tucker also fell for only 1 run in the 6th over leaving the panthers reeling at 4 down for 25.

Archie McPherson tried his best to keep the scoreboard ticking along as his batting partners came and went cheaply.

Finally Archie himself was bowled by Alistair Baker in the 19th over for a well compiled 75 runs.

Panthers were behind the run rate throughout their innings and fell 18 runs short of the required score to win the match finishing at 7/150.

Best Bowlers for Blackstars were Cameron Conlan (3 for 9), Andrew Lawrenson (1 for 15) and Ryan McGill (1 for 24).

Blackstars win the T20 Final by 17 runs.

Mount Isa Cricket are running a six a side competition this Saturday December 9 at Sunset Oval then will break for Christmas.

Cricket returns in the new year with the full 40 over competition beginning January 20, 2018.

The Challengers drop out of the competition and Cloncurry will enter the 40/40 Competition as the sixth team.

Their arrival will also bring new experimentation to local cricket with day / night games to be played in Cloncurry on Saturday evenings including part of the match under lights on a synthetic wicket.