Dynamite Dann and Childs lead Isis to Div3 title
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ISIS Cricket Club will need a bigger trophy cabinet after storming to another premiership on Sunday.
Isis Green clinched the Bundaberg Cricket Association Division 3 crown after defeating minor premiers AT Win the grand final on Sunday.
That victory came just 24 hours after Green had accounted for club-mates Isis White to seal a place in the decider.
White won the toss and elected to bat on Saturday but it was a decision Green made them regret almost immediately.
Guy Cole (4-31) ripped through the top order to have White reeling at 5-25.
Mark Felgate (22) and an unbeaten 22 from Ken Barker ensured White batted out their 50 overs but still they managed only a paltry 116.
Green captain Wayne Dowling said Simon Cutler’s enthusiasm in the field had been crucial in restricting White.
“He was fantastic out there,” Dowling said.
“Our bowling and fielding was pretty sharp.
“Guy was easily the standout bowler. He bowled Rod Jensen first ball and he’d been the leading run-scorer.”
Green’s run chase got off to a shaky start, reduced to 3-25 early but they recovered to reel in the target with 17 overs to spare.
Isis Green’s hopes of repeating the victory in the grand final looked forlorn when ATW opener Aaron Shield (67) and Noel Stitt (50) took control.
The duo steered ATW to an imposing 4-205 with 10 overs remaining.
With wickets in hand the minor premiers looked on target to post a massive score but then the Isis bowlers found their range.
“We were sloppy to start but everyone was stiff and sore from playing the previous day,” Dowling said.
“They looked like they would get at least 300.”
Jack Rowan (4-54) and Nick Lindsay (3-30) however stepped up as ATW spectacularly collapsed to be all out for 227.
Green made easy work of the run chase, Zac Dann (60) ignoring a back injury to lay a solid platform and Lennon Childs racking up an unbeaten 94 to be named player of the final.
“Zac was fantastic despite being injured,” Dowling said.
“Lennon and Chris (Fisher, 41 not out) combined well to get us home. Lennon smashed a six to win it for us.”
Dowling admitted to nerves on Saturday but said he was confident come Sunday morning.
“Once we restricted them to 227 I thought we had them,” he said.
“We were extremely happy.
“Most of us already planned to take Monday off work. The last of us finished about 3.30am.
“I think the most pleasing aspect was how the teams pulled together.”
Isis Cricket Club will hold their presentation night on April 11.
WHAT A KNOCK: Isis opener Zac Dann overcome a back injury to help lead Isis Green to victory
over ATW in Sunday’s Division
3 grand final.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Isis Green players are all smiles having claimed the Bundaberg Cricket Association Division 3 premiership.