Euroa wins two-day premier­ship

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS -

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.

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