B Grade – Grand Final
Port Germein v Proprietary
The Sharks made it four B grade premierships in a row as they defeated the Panthers by 22 runs in a hard fought grand final.
The Sharks batted first and were made to work for their runs before finishing on 5/119 in their 35 overs. Dwayne Freeman top scored making 31 not out. Openers Jeff Twigden (22) and Dan Pine (19) were the next best with the bat for the Sharks.
The Panthers again bowled well restricting a talented batting line up. Surender Singh (2/19) and Cory Stephenson (2/24) were the multiple wicket takers. Adam Conradi was the other wicket taker claiming 1/17.
The Panthers found it tough going with the bat eventually finishing 9/97 from their 35 overs. Austin Waters top scored for the Panthers making 27. Captain Cory Stephenson again led from the front being the next best with the bat making 16.
The Sharks bowling was very good again with all bowlers doing what was required. Lachie Pole (2/13), Mack Brentson (2/17), Jeff Twigden (2/20) and man of the match Dan Pine (2/30) were the multiple wicket takers.
The Sharks have been a powerful force in the B grade for a number of years and again performed at the business end of the season. The Panthers should be proud of their efforts rising from bottom last year to the grand final this year.
U16 – Grand Final
Proprietary v Wandearah
The Panthers claimed back to back U16 titles with a comfortable eight wicket victory over the Rams Sunday week ago at Ports.
The Rams batted first and were in early trouble at 3/19 with their top three batsmen out. Nathan Sorensen and Jordan Ganley then combined for a partnership of 60 before Sorensen was dismissed for a well-made 35. Three quick wickets saw the Rams slump to 6/62 and in trouble again. From there the Rams were able to make their way to 87. Ryan Finlay the only other player to make double figures for the Rams scoring 12.
Hayden Hooper was great with the ball for the Panthers claiming 3/12 from seven overs. Harrison Farrugia (2/16) and Hugh Jackson (2/21) were the other multiple wicket takers. Jack Tiller bowled a great opening spell of 1/5 from seven overs including four maidens. Luke Fowler and Josh Cunnigham were the other wicket takers for the Panthers claiming one wicket each.
The Panthers had little trouble chasing the required total only losing two wickets and having twelve overs to spare. Hugh Jackson performed well again in the Grand Final making 39 not out. Man of the match Hayden Hooper made 22 for the Panthers.
Bailey Congdon claimed 1/18 for the Rams and Blake Hanlon got a late wicket to finish with 1/5. Deakin Murphy bowled well but was unable to breakthrough conceding only twelve runs in his seven overs.
Congratulations to Andrew Fowler and his Panther players who were a very deserving winner on the day after being the top side all year.
U13 – Grand Final
Wandearah v South Port
The Rams clinched the U13 premiership with a 78 run win over the Pirates. This was the club’s fourth junior colts premiership in a row.
The Rams batted first and complied an impressive 4/178 from 26 overs. Tom Dolling had another great game with the bat making 31 not out. Noah Mathews (27 not out), Blake Hanlon (24) and Baylin Crouch (18) were the other major run scorers for the Rams.
For the Pirates Brock Johanning (1/18), Liam Saler (1/19) and Trey Luteria (1/35) were the wicket takers.
The Pirates were bowled out in the last over for 100 in reply. Trey Luteria capped off a very good game finishing 33 not out for the Pirates. Jake Twigden (18) and Sam Richards were the other batsmen to make double figures.
For the Rams Lukas Taylor chipped in late claiming 2/2 and also finished the innings with a direct hit run out. Baylin Crouch claimed 2/11 to be the other multiple wicket taker. Man of the match Tom Dolling, Noah Mathews, Harry McInerney and Harry Johnson also claimed a wicket each.
The Rams had a great season finishing undefeated. The Pirates and Cats also showed great development and this should be a very competitive competition next year. Special mention to the spirit that the U13 competition was played in all year. The coaches, players, supporters and parents should be very proud that all matches were played in the spirit of cricket.