COTT Kyle single-handedly denied Cavaliers of shoring up second spot and a second chance in the Mount Isa Cricket Association finals.
An unbeaten 179 from Kyle meant Cavaliers ladder position rested on the result of Sunday afternoon’s Townview and Western Bulls clash.
Black Stars posted a total of 5/338 at Sunset Oval after Kyle linked with Andrew Cullis (63) for a opening partnership of 186.
It was a formidable total for Cavaliers to run down, but they continued the free-flowing cricket by almost reeling in Black Stars monstrous total.
Jason Wellington led the charge with an unbeaten 85 for Cavaliers but they would fall 22 runs short after their 40 overs with 7/316.
It was an absolute run-fest at Sunset Oval, with one of the highest scoring days of cricket in Mount Isa in recent memory, with 654 runs scored in total.
Wellington was supported by Luke Gowing (49), Eli Jamieson (59) and Shihann Fernando (43), but Cavaliers will be lamenting neither of the trio being able to see the 40 overs out to the end.
At Captain Cook Oval on Saturday, Panthers were too good for the Isa Challengers.
The Challengers scored 140 batting first, but Archie MacPherson led Panthers to a seven-wicket victory with 57 not out.
The permutations of the next week’s semi-final rely on the outcome of the Townview and Western Bulls clash at Sunset Oval on Sunday.
A Townview win would earn the side second spot and a clash with Black Stars, leaving Panthers in a knockout clash with Cavaliers.
A Western Bulls upset would mean Cavaliers retained second spot and would meet Black Stars again in the semi-finals, while Townview would
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