Staggy Creek claimed their first title of the season on Saturday, under the lights at Varley Oval, when they met Delungra in the final of the A grade Twenty20 series.
It was an entertaining match that went right down to the wire.
The final followed the A grade qualifier earlier in the day at McCosker 2, where Delungra needed to beat Staggy Creek to advance to the final, where they would meet them again, and they achieved this with a fine win. With a knock of 7/159 Delungra defeated Staggy Creek 9/153. For Delungra, Jon Krauss made 72, while Tom Lavender cracked 59 for Staggy.
The rematch came in the final, and it was Staggy Creek that opened the batting. Its batsmen compiled 114 runs for the loss of 6 wickets after 20 overs. Mick Kenny hit 41 runs, Jeremy Baxter 32 (not out) and Ross Chilcott knocked up a handy 16.
Bowling figures for Delungra saw Ian Cutmore take 2/5 off 1.1 overs, and Jon Krauss 2/18 from 4. Tyson Will and Brendon Charter each claimed a wicket.
The run chase commenced for Delungra with Blake Ubergang when he hit 26, before being trapped LBW by Mick Kenny. Jon Krauss kept their hopes alive with a solid 39. Jeremy Pilcher 11 and Hunter Barnett 10 were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.
With 20 overs bowled Delungra had managed 110 runs, only five short of a win.
It allowed Staggy Creek bragging rights for the razzle-dazzle, Twenty20 competition.
Mick Kenny put in a ‘man-of-the-match’ performance with 3/7 from only four overs, after top scoring with the bat. Simon Donnelly snared two wickets and Kyle Chilcott ended wih 1/11. The final was officiated by Scott Wilson and Simon Smith.
In the final of the B grade Twenty20 hot favourites Tingha took on the Oxford Invincibles I side.
Tingha won the toss and elected to field in fine, but warm conditions at cricket headquarters, Varley Oval. Nick Kellner continued recent good form and got Invincibles 1 off to a confident start with 29. Dan McLaughlan appeared to be a shining light, but with 27 to his credit he was trapped LBW. Dan Brown made 24 and from there it was all downhill with three ducks, and a final score of 9/117.
Tingha bowlers included Warren Williams took 3/6 off two overs, Corey Livermore 3/2 off two overs and Lex Livermore snared 2/26.
Invincibles 1 had the runs on the board, however they were defending 117 against a Tingha outfit capable of punishing any loose bowling. George and Mick McMullen (16 and 34 respectively) both got starts but both were run out.
Recent century-maker, Ray Connors failed to score and the odds had evened considerably. Lex Livermore with 26 and Ingram Williams 10 did enough to ensure the Tingha Taipans would celebrate with a close fought win. Their final tally read 8/118.
Invincibles Troy McLaughlan took 2/13 off 2 overs, while Peterson, McPhee, Gould and Williams claimed one wicket each.
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