LifeNet WA C grade
SDCC 180 (Mitchell 32, Dunstan 31, M Dunstan 24, Saunders 22) def North Beach 94 (Mitchell 3-22, Goulding 2-29, Wells 3-31)
The weekend had arrived. The Big Dance. We were excited but also nervous as North Beach had beaten us in the last 4 games we had played them. Experienced campaigner, Andrew Gamble had got us off to a good start, however, winning the crucial toss and electing to bat.
Bundy and Shane opened the batting and looked comfortable until Bundy got out playing a loose shot for 2. This brought Rod to the crease who managed to get through his usual nervy start to the innings and started blasting North Beach to all parts. While Rod fell for 31 just before drinks, his destructive innings had put the opposition on the back foot. 2 for 50ish at drinks. Flynn and Shane then looked to absorb more pressure before the C grade player of the year fell to a miss-skewed lofted shot. Gambo came and went for 8 and when Flynn was clean ripped for 17 we were looking vulnerable at 5 for 100.
Matty Kelland and Mick Dunstan put on a valuable 27 run partnership until the DVC felt like giving NB some catching practice. Luke Saunders joined Mick at the crease and looked instantly comfortable. Luke (22) and Mick’s (24) crucial partnership got us close to 170. Kranny blasted a few to get us to 179 however the number 10 couldn’t repeat his batting prowess and we were bowled out for 180. A fantastic score in a final (especially given the outfield) but North Beach had been making scores over 200 all year. We knew if we let any of their key bats get in they could chase the score down with relative ease.
Day 2 came around and I think we were all anxious to get started. Trace started well, trapping the opener in front for not much. This brought in one of their many key batsmen. He started swinging wildly and while he was looking scratchy, we knew if he got in would be a handful. After a few dirty swings, he connected with one that looked like it would be going over mid off’s head. He probably didn’t know that he had picked out Josh Kraan, who was known for freakish fielding efforts. Kraany took the uncatchable and NB were in trouble at 2-13.
The next partnership meandered on until I was able to get one past one of their bats after drinks. Their gun bat came in at 3 for 29 but luckily snicked up ball one. 4 for 29. The stubborn opener fell soon after and NB were in all sorts at 5 for 46. The next 2 bats put on a brave partnership until the pressure became too much. 6 for 86 soon became all out for 94.
Another game where everyone did their part to help us win relatively comfortably. Special mention to Trace for his marathon spell of 2-29 off 22 overs straight. I’m not sure how many 56-year olds could pull that off. Shane Mitchell deservedly took home the Norm Smith for another great all-round performance of 32, 3 for 22, 2 catches and a runout. The man had carried us all year, so it was fitting that he did it again in the final.
What a win!
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Kingsley Woodvale 234 (Parker 3-53, Wyss 2-59, Toutounztis 2-25, Thompson 2-64) def SDCC 93
EASYLOANS 4U G Grade
Kingsley Woodvale 67 (Dawson 3 – 12, L George 3-16, Mclellan 3-7) def by SDCC 155 (Hopkins 53, Sharpe 27)
Lost the toss which ended a streak of at least 6 games. We bowled first and in finals although it's better to post a score and defend than chase, I thought our attack was varied enough to get the 10 wickets needed. Never thought it would be just after tea that we were batting!!
KWCC started off slowly against tight bowling from Goss and Condog, and the latter was the first to strike with a sharp caught & bowled. At drinks they had crawled to 38 off 21 overs, still only one down. Must have been something in the cordial as wickets tumbled after the break as Daws and Loch G each snared 3 wkts to have them 7 down at tea. Connor with another ripper of a catch at mid wicket off Lochie. That session was ours and 60 odd on the board. Must have been the rev up after drinks!! Didn't take long to wrap up the tail as Cam completed the rout with 3 wickets of his own. All out 67. What a start!! Sent Padds and Willsy in to commence our batting innings with the plan to just bat out the day, though if were 2-3 down that wouldn't be all bad. We lost both openers and Hodgey, as Sammy and Sharpey steadying the ship finishing at 3/51 and in sight of first innings points.
Day 2 started well as it the runs flowed early and knocked off the 17 runs we needed. Sharpey was the first to fall for 27, and Sammy still there as he anchored the innings. Cam and Daws came and went and Herbie stuck it out til drinks. The spinner came on and after a few overs he couldn't contain himself and was caught. Sammy made a well deserved 50 and was out soon after. I came in with Padds as my runner since my hammy was a bit sore from the Sat, and didn't I get stick for it. Oh well, they were behind in the runs nearing tea and a lot if work to do if they wanted another bat. When Goss got out, making one of his few if only Kuipers, and then me as last wicket to fall at 155 we had a lead of 88. A short pow wow in the middle to decide if they wanted another crack but the skipper thought it was too much and called it. The GF was won by the good guys, adding to the ODF in Feb. Sammy was unfortunate not to get the MOM though Connor did do some good work around thw ground. What a way to end a great season in G grade. Thanks to all the players who contributed throughout the season including several new Vikings, it was a pleasure to be skipper. Look forward to next season in Fs!!