By Jordan Gerrans
Known more so for driving winners around Albion Park, a group of cricket keen Queensland reinsmen have turned to taking wickets and smashing sixes.
Led by Brendan Barnes (pictured), Hayden Barnes, Al Barnes, Justin Elkins, Matt Elkins, Ben Battle, Matt Crone and Brad Bowman, a harness racing industry inspired team recently claimed the Last Man Stands competition at Ipswich.
LMS is a two hour, eight-a-side, T20 cricket game for all abilities and is played in cricket grounds globally, in distinctive coloured kits and is described as the world’s largest and widest-reaching amateur cricket league.
Playing under the team name the "Masterbatters", the trots lads won their recent grand final by six runs to a team named the 47ers – with Bowman rewarded with player of the match honours.
Bowman was the star with the ball in hand, taking five wickets for just 20 runs in just over three overs.
While they are competitive around Albion Park and Redcliffe, playing in the social cricket competition has brought many of the drivers together.
“It is good to do something together outside of the horses,” opening batsman Hayden Barnes said.
“We can go out there, have some fun and have a few beers after the cricket games.
“It is good, we decided to play to have a muck around and have some fun, but once we won a few games, we thought we could actually win the grand final.
“When we won the grand final, everyone was excited and yelling.”