Mak­ing his­tory

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT -

THEY’VE done it — New Nor­folk I won the South­ern Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion First Grade grand fi­nal.

It came down to the wire, with just one over re­main­ing and St Annes with two wick­ets in hand and need­ing seven runs to tie — enough for vic­tory.

But New Nor­folk bagged two run-outs to win by four runs with three balls re­main­ing.

Ja­son Rigby and his Red Caps men had caused the up­set of the sea­son!

De­feat­ing the Crows was one thing, but in a First Grade grand fi­nal and on their home turf at Cad­bury No. 1 was an­other — and the cel­e­bra­tions that fol­lowed sure showed this.

Ear­lier, af­ter los­ing the toss, New Nor­folk was sur­pris­ingly sent into bat and in no time was off to a great start.

Open­ers Adam McKe­own and Seb Wishart put on 43 be­fore McKe­own was out for 26 from 30 balls (four fours).

Then Wishart, with 63 from 77 balls (eight fours) — in prob­a­bly his best bat­ting for the sea­son — put on a 126-run stand with Matthew Bow­den, who carved the Crows at­tack up with a su­perb 80 not out from just 70 balls.

Bow­den, who was later named man of the match, hit seven fours and two sixes, one which was an out­stand­ing shot up over cover which thrilled the crowd.

A rain de­lay came in this part­ner­ship and the match was re­duced to 32 overs.

When play re­sumed, Wishart was later out with the score at 2-169. Harry Booth made a quickfire 19 from just 11 balls, hit­ting three fours. Nathan Eiszele made four and cap­tain Ja­son Rigby re­mained three not out.

New Nor­folk fin­ished with the great to­tal of 4-201 from 32 overs.

In re­ply, St Annes needed just over a run a ball, so the pres­sure was on — not some­thing the Crows were used to af­ter dom­i­nat­ing all sea­son.

The New Nor­folk bowlers took it up to the op­po­si­tion.

Josh Row­lands bowled well, fin­ish­ing with 2-44 from seven overs. Opener Joe McCul­loch fin­ished with 2-57 (10), while fel­low opener Ja­son Rigby, af­ter a mixed first over, took 2-47 from 9.3 overs.

Rigby took it on him­self to bowl the fi­nal over and se­cure the premier­ship win. Seb Wishart fin­ished with 0-25 (3) and Jor­dan Banks-Smith 0-18 (2).

There were four run outs, the last by Harry Booth was an ex­cel­lent throw that sealed the match.

New Nor­folk I is the first team from the Der­went Val­ley to play in and also win a First Grade grand fi­nal. Well done to all in­volved.

New Nor­folk Cricket Club pres­i­dent Jamie Hill was over the moon.

“We thought the rain may have washed our chances away but it was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort from the boys — I’m re­ally proud of ev­ery­one,” Hill said.

With the club cricket trip planned for Or­ford, it has just gained plenty more mo­men­tum to say the least.

A big well done to the St Annes Cricket Club who had cov­ers on the ground on Satur­day morn­ing in case of rain and also put them on dur­ing the rain de­lay.

An­other hap­pen­ing of the day was the film­ing of the match by Duff TV. The footage was ex­cel­lent as was the com­men­tary (even the Gazette cricket re­port got a men­tion).

Twelfth man Josh Walsh had a turn in the box and called the St Annes in­nings, but come the fi­nal over it was far to much for the pas­sion­ate Walsh and he had to leave to be among the ac­tion on the bound­ary.

Again, well done New Nor­folk — what a sea­son it’s been for the club.

Pic­ture: JAMIE HILL

WIN­NERS’ CIR­CLE: New Nor­folk I, back — from left, Jor­dan Banks-Smith, Nathan Eiszele, Jake King (12th man), Josh Dykes, Josh Row­lands and Harry Booth; front, Matthew Bow­den, Rohan Heron, vice-cap­tain Seb Wishart, Adam McKe­own, cap­tain-coach Ja­son Rigby...

Pic­ture: WADE GLEE­SON

PARTY PEO­PLE: New Nor­folk I play­ers cel­e­brat­ing their SCA First Grade grand fi­nal win — back, from left, Chris Ashcroft, Josh Row­lands, Jake King, Nathan Heron, Josh Walsh, Stephen Ni­chols and Adrian Eiszele: front, from left, Rohan Heron, Ja­son Rigby,...

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