RAMS TRIUMPH

OLD RAM MAGIC: Wandearah claimed back-to-back A Grade cricket premierships after defeating the Cats by nine wickets at the weekend.
OLD RAM MAGIC: Wandearah claimed back-to-back A Grade cricket premierships after defeating the Cats by nine wickets at the weekend.

The Rams claimed back-to-back A Grade Port Pirie Cricket Association premierships after defeating the Cats by nine wickets at Port Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The Cats won the toss and decided to bat on what looked like a belter of a batting deck.

The Rams bowlers seemed nervous and bowled a number of wides early.

In the second over Damien Rhodes dismissed Lee Nash caught behind for a duck with the score on eight.

Captain Ben Brown moved himself up to number three in the batting order.

This was a very good move as he and Olly Cosmai made batting look easy.

Andrew Congdon made a huge breakthrough bowling Brown for 14 with the score on 60 just before drinks.

Five runs later danger man Scott McIntyre was bowled for a duck by Matt Thornton by a great yorker.

Two overs later Thornton dismissed Cosmai for a well-made 37 and at 4/71 the game was back in the balance.

Congdon claimed the next two wickets dismissing Richie Cable (6) and Bear Moore(6) to leave the Cats 6/90.

The Cats struggled to get some tight bowling away and a couple of run outs didn’t help the Cats cause as they were dismissed for 107.

Congdon again bowled very well taking 3/14 from nine overs.

Thornton claimed 2/24 in nine overs. Todd Baker, Damien Rhodes and Scott Gray all claimed one wicket each.

The Cats needed early wickets to defend their total and Ben Brown bowled his heart out as he has done all season.

In a huge blow to the Cats after five overs Brown broke down with a back injury.

Matt Thornton and Jack Dickeson played extremely well keeping everything out and patiently ticked the scoreboard over.

Nick Hill finally got a breakthrough for the Cats bowling Dickeson for 24 with the score on 61.

Andrew Congdon joined Thornton and played his shots ensuring that the scoreboard continued to move.

The Rams passed the required runs in the 33rd over for the loss of only one wicket when man of the match Thornton punched a ball to extra cover for four.

Thornton finished 55 not out and Andrew Congdon made 26 not out.

Nick Hill was the only wicket taker for the Cats taking 1/45 from nine overs.

Rams passed the required runs in the 33rd over for the loss of only one wicket when Thornton punched a ball to extra cover for four.

Scott McIntyre was as always hard to get away taking 0/14 from nine overs.

Ben Brown being unable to bowl his final four overs really hurt the Cats' chances of defending their total.

Brown had 0/4 including three maidens from his five overs.

The Rams played well as a team again and did well to fight back from being down early in this match and although it may appear an easy victory it was far from that.

The Cats have battled hard all year and have some very talented juniors in the side that will continue to develop which should see them in a good position in the next season.