SOLID: Lachlan McIntosh takes a Rainbow Beach wicket to claim the reserve grade premiership.
SOLID: Lachlan McIntosh takes a Rainbow Beach wicket to claim the reserve grade premiership. Leeroy todd

Wests dig deep to claim reserve grade silverware

CRICKET: Resuming at 3/52, Saturday's reserve grade grand final was always going to be a battle to the death for Rainbow Beach as they pushed to secure the 185 runs needed for victory.

After tasting one-day premiership glory recently, the Cooloola Coast side were unable to chase down Wests' total in the final day of play.

The green and White's started with a first innings score of 10/159 before bowling Rainbow Beach over for a first innings total of 98.

Their second innings score of 10/176 set up Rainbow's chase with their batsman finding conditions at the crease tough with a big total looming over their heads.

"That's cricket,” Rainbow Beach skipper Merv O'Neill said.

"Not to take anything away from Wests but we saved our worst game for last.

"We have had a good season, we just couldn't perform on the day.”

No stranger to the finals arena, Wests stalwart Scott McIntosh said his club was in a good place.

"It is a great thrill for the kids we have playing A-grade because they have all come through reserve grade,” he said.

"Rainbow Beach were minor premiers and they deserved to be there, they are a great side.

"We played good cricket, we probably played above our ability.

"That is how is goes in finals.”

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