Rebels deny Crushers in T20 thriller
Rebels had a remarkable win against Crushers to claim the Fortescue Cricket Association Twenty20 premiership last month.
The two teams had already faced off in the last round before finals in a game that would decide the top three. Crushers dismissed Rebels for 86 and claimed the top spot while the latter dropped to third.
However, Crushers vice-captain and leading batsman Chris Betteley suffered a serious hamstring injury early in the Rebels innings.
In the preliminary final, Rebels easily chased down a daunting 3180 set by Paraburdoo Saints with an unlikely five overs to spare.
Jayden Bennell and Kerry Sweetman really hit their straps, going at 12.5 runs an over for the first seven overs before Bennell was dismissed.
Sweetman continued on his merry way, playing some great as Rebels earned a rematch against Crushers.
In the grand final Crushers got off to solid start as Joshua Parsons took 15 runs off one Willy Nona over.
But that would be all the runs Parson would get as Nona had the last laugh dismissing him soon after.
Craig Jones (25) continued his good form and was well supported by Jye McLaughlin (21) as Crushers looked to launch in the last six overs.
Good death bowling from Rebels prevented any major damage as they restricted Crushers to 9-128.
Justin Dawson and Nona picked up three wickets apiece.
In reply, Rebels got off to a slow start as the bowling of Jones under lights was proving difficult to face and skipper Jono Arnott was keeping it tight at the other end.
Jones dismissed the dangerous Jayden Bennell and Jon Arnott got rid of Sweetman to have Rebels reeling. And when Darren Scott clean-bowled Nona, Crushers were up and about.
But Dawson came in and clubbed 31 in quick time to get Rebels back in the match. It was coming down to the wire with 20 runs still needed off the last two overs.
The penultimate over from McLaughlin went for 12 leaving Chris Pilot on strike to veteran Darren Scott and needing eight off six balls to win the T20 Premiership.
Pilot just cleared the fieldsman on the circle to hit the first ball for four and the same on the next ball as he steered Rebels to a remarkable victory.