The McDonald’s Chargers’ batting power was fully-charged on Friday night as they booked a spot in the Gunnedah Automotive Gunnedah Premier League final.
It was dejavu for the Tamba Industrial Bulls, as in shades of Ben Cutting and Max Bryant for the Brisbane Heat later in the night, Chargers openers Jake Vigor and Ryan Cooper teed off.
On the back of their pyrotechnics the Chargers chased down the Bulls’ 7-108 in just 10 overs.
Cooper smacked 36 off 19 balls and Vigor 52, also off just 19, his innings coming to an end when he was “barbecued” (run out) by Cooper.
But the damage had well and truly been done by then.
“We were 89 off about five overs so we were going at nearly 20,” Vigor said.
“We definitely took it in turns. The first two overs Ryan scored a lot of runs really quickly.”
Vigor plundered six over the Kitchener Oval fence and two to it, while Cooper belted three-quarters of his runs in boundaries.
The Bulls seem the unfortunate of victims of the duo’s batting power.
Back in their first meeting they shared a 97 run opening stand with Cooper hitting 58 off 40 and Vigor 39 off 29.
“That’s just how me and Ryan bat,” Vigor said.
“We just hit the ball and try and score as quickly as we can.”
Chargers captain Farran Lamb is happy for them to do that.
“Farran always says go out and play your game,” he said.
“Play your shots and get us off to a good start.”
The two enjoy batting together and have done it since their younger days.
“When we were younger we batted a lot together,” Vigor said.
“We both started at Kookaburras and came over to Albion.”
Earlier the Bulls just couldn’t get going against some tidy bowling from the Chargers. James Mack (1-16), Darrin Cameron (1-13) and Lachlan King (1-15) all went for four or under from their four overs.
Cameron Milne was the Bulls’ top-scorer with 27 (off 16) while Adam McGuirk made 22 (off 36) at the top of the order.