Euroa wins two-day premiership
THE D grade cricket grand final was upon the Euroa team.
After finishing the one day season on top of the ladder a number, Euroa was granted a home final at the Memorial Oval against the highly fancied Karramomus.
After captain Mitch Penman won the toss and elected to bat, Rahis Baig and Mitch Gleeson were asked to face the new ball.
Gleeson and Baig got Euroa off to a great start, putting on 51 runs before Baig was run out for 22.
This brought Linc McKernan to the crease, shortly after McKernan was trapped on the pad by a low bouncing ball for 0. With the score at 2 for 59, Travis Stefanos made his way to the crease, Stefanos and Gleeson kept the score board ticking over until Gleeson fell for 37, with the scoreboard reaching 3/102.
Scott Stefanos was eager to continue on from Gleeson’s excellent start.
The Stefanos brothers picked the gaps in the field well, and as time went on they tried to attack the Karramomus bowlers.
With the score at 124, Travis was unfortunately caught for 28. Skipper Mitch Penman then strolled out to the crease, asked for two centres, took guard, then bang, bang, bang.
Penman went mad with power in the middle, dispatching the ball to all parts to the ground. During the fireworks of Penman’s innings, Scott Stefanos was trapped LBW for 19. Zach Rawlings joined his skipper at the crease, and the pair continued with their aggressive mindset.
However, Penman was bowled for 15, his second highest score for the year, congratulations Mitch. Rawlings fell shortly after for 12.
Jye Bjorksten and Nic Hill both finished the innings on 1 not out, with Euroa on 7/158 after their 40 overs.
An outstanding afternoon tea was provided by the Euroa ladies, which had the boys all full of smiles as they went out to bowl.
Openers Zach Rawlings and Russell Downie got the team off to an excellent start.
Downie managed to get two important early wickets. Con- nor McCombe and Linc McKernan were the first change bowlers for Euroa, they continued on with the fine start.
With McCombe getting another breakthrough due to a sharp catch from Rawlings.
McKernan made an impact on the game by finding the outside edge of the bat with the catch being taken by the ever-reliable Travis Stefanos in slips.
McKernan followed it up shortly after with another wicket, this time an LBW. With the score at 5 for 53, Euroa were in the box seat.
Travis Stefanos was brought on to bowl after the drinks break, along with Rahis Baig.
The pair bowled well, with Baig taking the crucial wicket of the Karramomus captain.
Stefanos managed to take his first wicket of the innings, with the score at 7/103.
With the opposition still needing 57 runs for victory, Euroa had just about talking about the celebrations to come.
However, the tail of the Karramomus batting line up had other ideas and began to take the game on.
Quickly they had the chance to pull off a remarkable comeback win.
The Euroa captains decided to bring Stefanos back into the attack, he made an immediate impact, with Nic Hill managing to whip the bails off while the batsmen’s foot was still off the ground, a very important and impressive wicket for the match.
With the score at 9 for 137, the tension was high across the field, with supporters sitting on the edge of their seats.
Three balls later, Stefanos stuck the batsman on the pads, the umpire rose his finger.
With cheers and applause from around the ground, the players all celebrated together in the middle.
After captains accepted the trophy and handed out their medallions to their players, Travis Stefanos was named Man of the Match.
Congratulations to the D grade side, hopefully it isn’t the only premiership they will win this year, with the players having their eyes on the twoday premiership.
See results and photos on page 19 of today’s Gazette.