The inaugural BPL was underway at Ivor Marsden Memorial Park. Both the Moreton Magic and Darling Dingoes hoped to start their BPL campaign off in winning ways. The early morning encounter started with the Dingoes winning the toss and sending the Magic into bat. The Magic were not wasting any time, with Jack Beath starting his BPL campaign with a 6 just off the second ball of the match. From there on in, the Magic never really got going with the bat. They were unable to convert a lot of good starts into some major scores. The Magic’s top 5 all reached double figures, with Cameron Trask top-scoring with 25. Some good bowling from the Dingoes put a lot of pressure on Magic, Liam Hope-Shackley bowled well, in some important overs, especially in the second over of the powerplay, halting some early momentum by the Magic. Steve McGiffin also bowled extremely well with 3/10 while captaining his side. Jed Wilson for the Magic was almost looking like he was going to put the Magic back on track until he was run out by an amazing bit of fielding after Blake Maher showed off some of his soccer skills with an amazing run out. Causing the Magic to all out for 117.
It was a conservative start for the Dingoes with the bat, as they only needed under a run a ball for victory. They started the innings ticking over the strike with some quick singles, until opener Chris Gillam was caught stuck on the back foot and was run out. The pressure was mounting as the next ball Brad Ipson bowled Nick King, taking both openers out for the Dingoes. But it was Sam Truloff and captain Steve McGiffin who steadied and stabilized the innings for the Dingoes . They continued to build their score up, even at one stage throughout the match didn’t score a boundary for nearly 8 overs. That didn’t affect the Dingoes, even with the late constellation wicket of Sam Truloff and even the BPL’s first ever streaker, a small white dog . In the end, the Darling Dingoes cruised home with Sam Truloff 41 and Steve McGiffin 47*, Defeating the Magic by 7 wickets .
Sam Truloff said this when asked about his team after a successful round 1.
“I think we have a well rounded team and we’ve got really good players to come back in next week to add to our team. T20 is always a bit hit and miss but winning momentum is always key in tournaments, so we are looking solid at the moment. All the guys played their roles well, and gelled really well as a new group. All very chilled blokes and led by our coaching staff and owners which is great!”