Five-fer on the way to victory
STEVE Hawthorne took an amazing 5-11 as the Stunned Mullets won their third Australia Day Cricket Carnival title at the weekend.
Captained by Troy Welsh, the side won its two games on Saturday to qualify for the semis.
It is hard for a player to take five wickets in a Twenty20 innings as each bowler is restricted to four overs but Hawthorne achieved the feat on Saturday.
Yesterday morning, Maugan Benn made 69 not out as the Stunned Mullets scored 143 to beat defending champions Doc's XI who scored 121 in their semi.
Maryvale Condy made the highest semi-final score, 5-179, to beat Badzy's Bandits. Mick Bourke top scored with 63.
In the final at Slade Park, Maryvale Condy batted first to be dismissed off the second last ball of the 20th over for 93.
The Stunned Mullets scored the winning runs quickly on the back of an unbeaten 72 by Ricky Coyne.
He added 27 for the first wicket with Lachlan Gross and the rest with Olympic hockey gold medallist Dean Butler who made the trip from Cairns for the carnival.
Welsh has played in all 15 Stunned Mullets carnival appearances.
He currently works for the water police at Yeppoon and plays C-grade cricket for the town team. At the weekend, he averaged 41 with the bat.
Features of the weekend included hat-tricks by Paul Cantwell and Col O'Brien and a century to Brendan Iles.