Jimboomba Bushrangers to face Loganholme Cool Boys in grand final

BACKING EACH OTHER: The Jimboomba Bushrangers division one Green team is full of belief ahead of its third consecutive grand final appearance.

BACKING EACH OTHER: The Jimboomba Bushrangers division one Green team is full of belief ahead of its third consecutive grand final appearance.

The Jimboomba Bushrangers Green will be looking to make it third time lucky in this weekend's Logan District Cricket Association division one grand final.

After playing bridesmaid for two years running, the Bushrangers will be hoping for improved fortunes when they take on a Loganholme Cool Boys outfit stacked with talent from 12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday at Glenlogan Park.

In their only meeting this season, the second placed Cool Boys posted 209 from 40 overs before bowling brilliantly to contain the minor premiership winning Jimboomba team and clinch a 57-run upset

But the Bushrangers learned much on that day and armed with knowledge of the opposition attack they enter the grand final full of confidence.

"We back each other," said batsman Rodney Teese said.

Teese said the Cool Boys were a particularly gifted outfit and his men would need a committed performance with both bat and ball to lift the trophy.

The Bushrangers qualified for their third straight decider by disposing of the Logan Village Kookaburras in last weekend's two-day semi-final.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Bushrangers compiled a competitive 9/204.

Tom Jellie belted 64 off 43, Kim Watson hit 41 off 79 and Kelton Maguire smashed 53 not out before. He and Nathan Mackenzie (15) added a vital 46-run 10th wicket partnership.

In reply, the Kookaburras struggled early as Jimboomba jagged three quick wickets before recovering to head into stumps with the score 3/104 off 26 overs.

On the second day, the Bushrangers applied the blowtorch with the ball to dismiss the Kookaburras for 170.

Jellie backed up his performance with the bat to take 4/62 from 16 overs, while Will Goss also starred with 3/28 from 9 overs.

Nathan Mackenzie, skipper Joe Plater and Craig Tatters also picked up a wicket each.

With Jimboomba holding a narrow 34-run lead, the game was far from over heading into the second innings.

But a determined performance with the bat from the Bushrangers stifled any resistance and Logan surrendered at 4.30pm in the belief that they could not pull off the miraculous outright win they required to progress in the time remaining.

In their second digs, Kim Watson added 43, Plater chipped in 17 and Kelton Maguire contributed a valuable 33 with Jimboomba finishing 4/108 and holding a lead of 142.

Ultimately, it was the final wicket stand of Mackenzie and Maguire that made possible the first innings triumph which saw the Bushrangers qualify.

"Without that 46-run partnership, we might not be playing this weekend," Teese said.

Saturday is set to be a massive day of cricket with the Jimboomba club hosting two grand finals.

The Bushrangers' division two junior team will also contest its grand final from 8am.

Teese said it was hoped as many locals as possible would head down to Glen Logan Park to show their support for the both premiership contending teams.

The club is also holding its junior presentation night on Friday, with the seniors to follow next weekend.

Look out for information about sign-on for next season towards the end of winter.

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