STAND-IN skipper Josh Sinnamon took the adage, keep your eye on the ball, to a whole new level as he led the Hawks to a 35-run win over Back On Track Eagles in the final of the Frenchville Sports Club Twenty20 Corporate Challenge competition.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sinnamon copped a shiner as a ball bounced up off the wicket and slammed into his cheekbone during the Hawks' win over the 2012 champions under lights at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground on Sunday night.
However, the blow wasn't about to dampen the Hawks' celebrations as their 4-121 ensured they completed the Twenty20 Corporate competition undefeated.
"It's not too bad. It's just a bruise," said Sinnamon, who was wicketkeeping when he was struck.
"It reared up off the pitch, missed everything and crashed into my cheekbone."
The Hawks were without regulars Dallas Williams, Glenn Olive, Aaron Kelly and Marc McGrath, who had a pre-arranged trip booked on the weekend.
FRENCHVILLE SPORTS Club Twenty20 Corporate Challenge
Hawks 4-121 (J Sinnamon 47; L Berryman 42no; A Holt 2-16) def Back On Track Eagles 6-86 (D Mann 26; P Fogwell 1-6; L Berryman 1-11) at Rockhampton Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Sent into bat, Sinnamon led from the top of the order, contributing with 47 (55 balls) before he was dismissed, with the Hawks at 4-95. Former Brothers captain Les Berryman chimed in, finishing the innings unbeaten on 42 (38 balls).
Despite the low Twenty20 total, Sinnamon believed it was enough for his bowlers to defend.
"We were reasonably confident," he said. "We started off pretty slowly. The ground was a lot bigger than what we'd been playing on, so we felt the runs wouldn't come freely."
And, the runs didn't come. The Hawks' bowlers restricted the attacking Back on Track Eagles batsman to their lowest total of the tournament.
"The boys who bowled, (they) bowled really well, and we were sharp in the field," Simmamon said.
"To keep them to 86, I thought was a great effort."
Brunny Bulls meet Brothers in the Frenchville Sports Club Twenty20 Premier division grand final on Friday night.