Fighting spirit shines from Bluebirds



BLUEBIRDS have uncovered some fighting spirit in the Rockhampton Cricket Southern Star Sports Shield 2005-06 first grade competition.

All hope appeared lost in their match against Brothers at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds on Saturday with Bluebirds humbled in their first innings.

Chasing Brothers first innings total of 235 runs Bluebirds' resumed at 3/32 before crashing to be all out for just 48 runs after just 45 minutes of play.

Bluebirds were again in early trouble in their second innings at 2/1, however, Brendan Dunbar (65no) and Brendan James (58) saved the day and ended Brothers hopes of a potential outright win shooting them back to the top of the table.

Dunbar lost his wicket the previous Saturday and was at the Bluebirds second grade game playing as a substitute fielder when he sensed there was a problem when he looked across at the empty first grade wicket.

"I was thinking it can't be a drinks break yet so I jogged over there and they told me we were batting again,'' Dunbar said.

"I had a few things to say and said to show a bit of heart this time and don't throw your wickets away.''

Dunbar's mission was to stay at the crease and try to play into some form ? thankfully, and to Dunbar's surprise, James was the batting partner to stick around.

"It certainly gave us a bit of confidence and I hope it gives other teams confidence against Brothers,'' Dunbar said.

"You just have to stick it out there for that first hour and a half.''

Brothers captain Lachlan Spyve said it was a frustrating result.

"It was slow scoring, but they stuck around,'' Spyve said.

Spyve still has hopes to securing the top spot with two rounds remaining, but believes that result will all come down to the last round against current leaders CQU Tigers.



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