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Coolum 'Cup king' saves the day

Zane Wilkinson took two wickets in Saturday's one-dayer at Coolum. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1187d
Zane Wilkinson took two wickets in Saturday's one-dayer at Coolum. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1187d

Buderim won the toss and batted first in the one-day match at Ronnie Cargill Oval on Saturday.

Coolum dismissed the visitors for only 146 runs, with sundries “top-scoring” on 45 runs.

But with a small total to chase, Coolum might have taken things too lightly and were soon in trouble at 2/18. Things were not much better at 5/48.

But then followed a 31-run partnership between “Rose” Hill and Lance Dianni.

After Coolum lost Hill and Douglas Campbell soon after, Charlie “Cup King” Caulfield came to the starter’s gate after a spell.

Looking fresh after a night out with the Tassie boys on Friday and back from the wilderness after retiring four seasons ago, the “Bonecrusher” despatched the opposition bowling to all parts of the ground.

When Dianni was dismissed, Coolum was 8/119 and had only two juniors left to bat.

But Shane Grice and Zane Wilkinson hung on to allow Caulfield to hit the winning run.

No doubt the Cup King’s knock will be folklore by now at the Coolum pub – and will only improve with the telling – and a couple of jars.

– Barry Hill


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