KAABang fires for title triumph
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.
KAABang with the premiership trophy.