Scotland international George Munsey belts half-century as North Canberra Gungahlin wins the regional Twenty20 final

A swashbuckling half-century from Scotland World Cup squad member George Munsey has led North Canberra Gungahlin to the Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 premiership.

Munsey belted 60 from 42 balls – including smashing four sixes in an over – as Norths claimed a six-wicket win against Queanbeyan in the final at Manuka Oval on Sunday night.

Norths' bowlers did an outstanding job to restrict Queanbeyan to 112 before they reached the target with 16 balls to spare.

Munsey opened the batting and showed the form that has led the 21-year-old to be selected in Scotland's preliminary 24-man squad for next year's Cricket World Cup.

"It's great for us lads to showcase what we can do and what we're about," Munsey said.

"It was an awesome effort from the bowlers, we restricted them beautifully and then chased it down, which was fantastic.


"I look to get myself in then I take it to the bowlers, and the last two times it has come off.

"These are the games that people notice. It's the final, it's the best teams here and it's great to score runs to help the team to a victory."

After scoring 194 in its semi-final to eliminate Weston Creek Molonglo, Queanbeyan's batsman struggled to get going in the pressure cooker of the final.

Norths got off to a solid start until Queanbeyan secured the breakthrough it desperately needed with fast bowler Guy Gillespie rattling the stumps of Brock Winkler.

Worcestershire all-rounder Joe Leach was sent packing for a duck, but Munsey continued to hold the innings together, heaving four slog sweeps for six in an over.

He eventually fell for 60 trying to go deep once too often, Gillespie taking the catch in the deep from the bowling of Simon Fahey to have Norths 3-86 in the 13th over.

Norths had a minor scare when Liam Greenwood was run out for eight, but Tim Coggan and Ben Taylor steered them home to victory.

In the semi-finals, Queanbeyan defeated Weston Creek Molonglo (9-135) by 59 runs at Stirling Oval, while North Canberra Gungahlin (4-157) held off Wests/UC (111) by 46 runs at Jamison Oval.

Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 final: North Canberra Gungahlin 4-113 bt Queanbeyan 112 at Manuka Oval on Sunday night.