KAABang fires for ti­tle tri­umph

Pilbara News - - Sport -

Set­tlers In­door Cricket Club hosted their grand fi­nals this month, wrap­ping up their third suc­cess­ful sea­son.

In the B-grade fi­nal it was the newly formed side Young Balas, made up of the cream of the crop kids from around town, against the “rough and ready” Sinkers out­fit.

Lochie Smith (29) top scored with the bat for the Balas ahead of Jaden Say­lor (28) on the way to a 102-run to­tal

The Sinkers bowl­ing at­tack was led by Cap­tain Shane Har­court (3-2) and Jordy Ad­shead (2-3).

Sinkers’ first pair got the in­nings off to a great start with 28, fol­lowed by 15 and 27 by the sec­ond and third pairs.

The chal­lenge was thrown down to the last pairs to make 33 and bathe in the glory.

En­ter Kieran Har­ra­dine who was out to make a state­ment with a smash­ing 29.

His part­ner Daniel Clamp needed to score two runs of the last ball to clinch an un­sus­pect­ing win but only man­aged a sin­gle to tie the game, send­ing the in­au­gu­ral Cos­sack Plate into a su­per-over de­cider.

Cap­tain Lochie Smith and Jaden Say­lor were quick to grab the bats for the Balas in the su­per over, scor­ing an im­pres­sive 16.

Kieran Har­ra­dine and Noel Hig­gins then en­tered the ring to at­tempt to snatch a re­mark­able vic­tory from Wick­ham’s young guns.

Har­ra­dine scored two off Say­lor’s first ball, then Hig­gins took a sneaky three of the next.

Say­lor struck with a fourth ball wicket for the Bala’s.

Har­ra­dine belted a six and ran one for seven of the fifth ball leav­ing Hig­gins need­ing a seven to tie the game.

Say­lor was not hav­ing any of that, claim­ing an­other wicket to end the game and lift the sil­ver­ware.

Say­lor also won the man of the match award.

In the A-grade fi­nal it was arch enemies KAABang v Salad Dodgers for the Dave Ryalls Shield, named af­ter a peren­nial Wick­ham sports­man who died in 2009.

The Dodgers were sent in to bat and the open­ers got them off to a solid start with nine of the first over.

The KAABang bowlers then kept the pair to just one ex­tra run for the re­main­ing three overs giv­ing the next bats­men a big job.

The next pair was kept score­less be­fore dis­as­ter struck for the Salad Dodgers, with five wick­ets fall­ing in the next two overs.

The Dodgers scored 13 in the last two overs but the dam­age had been done.

The fi­nal Dodgers pair needed a mir­a­cle but wick­ets kept fall­ing to the shouts of KAABangt. The Dodgers fin­ished their in­nings set­ting a tar­get of mi­nus two thanks to miserly bowl­ing from Scouty Shel­don (4-5) and Billy But­ler (4-5).

Cel­e­bra­tions looked pre­ma­ture though as the Dodgers got redemp­tion with the ball, dis­man­tling KAABang’s first pair for mi­nus three.

The third pair got lifted the in­nings to­tal to 18 to bring some calm to the KAABang camp be­fore the fi­nal pair turned the screws, tak­ing their team to 38 runs.

It was KAABang’s sec­ond premier­ship.

Pic­ture: Darren Wiel­go­masz

KAABang with the premier­ship tro­phy.

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