Poor shot options cost Tigers runs

POOR shot selection has cost CQU Tigers a "250-plus'' first innings total in Yeppoon on Saturday.

After a promising start, Tigers were bowled out for 181 in their Rockhampton Cricket Association 2005-06 Southern Star Sports Shield opening round match against Cap Coast.

In reply, the home side were 2/ 25 at stumps with Shaun Gilvear (12 no) and Damien Shipway (0 no) still at the crease.

Tigers captain Steve McDonald (53) led from the front with a powerful half-century, which included three sixes, before he was caught at slip by his Coast counterpart Justin Stower off the bowling of Gilvear.

Opener Craig Wilkes (42) had combined with his skipper to produce an 81-run second wicket partnership before the Tigers lost their last eight wickets for 81 runs.

McDonald said he was extremely disappointed with his team's batting performance.

"We should have made 250plus,'' McDonald said.

"You can put it down to the middle-order not putting their hands up and if we bat like this for the rest of the year ? it's going to be a long season.''

Gilvear was the Coast's best bowler with his off-spinners claiming 5/40 (20 overs).



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