Atherton ready to defend

Atherton batsman Dan Parnell on Saturday.

LOCAL cricketers Mason Blaney and Chris Adams returned from rep duties with NQ caps as reward for their great batting performances at the QCC NQ Zone Championships.

Mason top-scored with a 70 during the championship and Chris struck a career high 147 off 130 balls. The lads will now represent North Queensland at Qld Country Championships in U18 and U21 teams respectively.

At the weekend Atherton 1st Grade travelled to Minniecon- Gregory Oval on Saturday to kick off their Cricket Far North 2-day match against Mulgrave.

Atherton were sent in to bat first and Chris Adams and Paul Nasser got the team off to a handy start with a 47 run opening partnership. Chris went on to post a classy 75 finding the boundary six times with some lovely cover-drives.

Atherton looked to be on track for a competitive total, posting some decent partnerships including Adams and Hollitt (53), Boorman and Parnell (53) and Parnell and Pittorino (43).

The highlight of Dan Parnell’s 46 off 47 was a beautiful straight-drive six, while Tom Boorman’s 41 off 57 featured six of his signature pull-shots to the boundary.

A disappointing lower order collapse saw the last six wickets fall for 10 runs to be all-out 235.

Although well short of the total they wanted, Atherton will be quietly confident of defending 235 next week.

Match in Progress – Atherton 235 (C Adams 75, D Parnell 46, T Boorman 41).

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