IN a grand final that went the full 100 overs, New Norfolk I narrowly missed a three-peat falling just seven runs short of the very strong outfit of Wellington.
After a heavy dew and starting 30 minutes late the match got underway at 11am in perfect conditions at Eady Street Oval No.1.
Winning the toss, Redcaps captain Jason Rigby sent the Warriors in to bat who made 8/236 from their 50 overs.
New Norfolk took regular wickets, but the home side continued to keep the runs flowing.
Even at 6/159 Wellington were able to push towards what ended a winning total.
Thomas Briscoe claimed 2-35 from his 10 overs in a tidy spell that included three maidens.
Seb Wishart took 2-17 from five overs in a handy wicket-taking cameo.
Jason Rigby kept things in order with his spell of 1-30 from 10 overs.
Nathan Rice 1-22 (4), Josh Rowlands 1-40 and Jye Lester added another wicket to his impressive tally with 1-56 (10) two maidens.
In the run chase, New Norfolk were in the hunt all the way, but the climbing run rate and lack of wickets in hand made the task hard to conquer and finished just short at 9/230 off its 50 overs.
At the end Jye Lester gave his team every chance with an excellent 31 not out from just 21 deliveries that included two fours and two nice sixes.
Josh Rowlands remained 7 not out (10).
Earlier at number five, Jason Rigby contributed a well-controlled 45 (60) with eight boundaries.
Seb Wishart made 34 (54) five fours.
Openers Harry Booth 25 (33), five fours, and Matthew Bowden 22 (34), three fours, added 44 for the first wicket.
At number eight, keeper Cody Neads made a handy 19 from 22 balls with two fours.
Not the result New Norfolk were after, but being at the big dance for the three seasons running for two flags the club can certainly hold their heads very high.
The club continues to raise the bar both on and off the field every season and with the quality of people involved in running the club the future continues to be further strengthened.
GRAND FINAL SCORES
FIRST GRADE Saturday March 26 Wellington 8/236 off 50 overs d. New Norfolk 9/230 off 50 overs.
SIXTH GRADE Derwent 2/61 off 16.3 overs d. St Annes 10/60 off 24.3 overs at North Warrane Oval.
At the recent KSCA presentations at Blundstone Arena, our clubs from the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands were well represented.
In first grade Jye Lester (New Norfolk CC) took out the biggest individual award of the season of player of the year.
Lester had a terrific season with the ball taking 38 wickets and also won the bowling average with 8.71.
In second grade, Gretna I all-rounder Corey Ransley took out the same two awards in what was a great season by the big fast bowler with 31 wickets at 10.52.
Bothwell allrounder Nathan Eyles took out the fourth grade award with Campania’s Rodney Bott.
Eyles also took out the batting average trophy with 402 runs at 44.67.
Another Bothwell player, Ashley Browning, took home the seventh grade player-of-the-year award.
Browning had a great season and before finals made 378 runs.
Gretna’s Simranpreet Sarna took out the fifth Grade T20 player of the year.
Sarna had a great season, particularly with the ball and in one match took 7-15 including a hat-trick from four overs.
Evergreen Brian Smith won the fifth grade most dismissals with 13, while Bothwell’s Jodie Hansch took out the same award in the women’s with six and also the fielder of the year.
In the KSCA teams of the year, congratulations goes to Josh Rowlands and Jye Lester (New Norfolk) for making the men’s team and to Melinda Green (Bothwell) and Tara-Lee Pearce (New Norfolk).
Southern Cricket Association Awards
(Presented Wednesday night March 16 at Blundstone Arena) (Finals stats not included) Young player of the year – Joshua Nichols – Bothwell
Wicket keeper of the year
5th grade – Brian Smith – Gretna – 13 Dismissals
Women – Jodi Hansch – Bothwell – 6 Dismissals
4th grade – Nathan Eyles – Bothwell – 402 runs – Average of 44.67
1st grade – Jye Lester – New Norfolk – 38 wickets – Average of 8.71
2nd grade – Corey Ransley – Gretna – 31 wickets – Average of 10.52
Players of the year
1st grade – Jye Lester – New Norfolk 2nd grade – Corey Ransley – Gretna
4th grade – Rodney Bott – Campania and Nathan Eyles – Bothwell
7th grade – Ashley Browning – Bothwell
Fielder of the year
Women – Jodi Hansch – Bothwell
T20 Player of the year
5th grade – Simranpreet Sarna – Gretna
Spirit of Cricket award
Women’s Team of the year
Hannah Mann – Brighton Alice Randall – Brighton Jessica Giffard – St Aidans Melinda Green – Bothwell Angela Burdon (WK) & © – Wellington Natalie Downton – Wellington Thomasa Corrie – Wellington Aaliyah Browning – St Aidans Tara-Lee Pearce – New Norfolk Coach – Kerry Shepherd – St Aidans
Men’s Team of the year
Nathan Mallinson – Old Beach Samuel Lewis-Johnson – St Aidans Coach – Nathan Muir (WK) – Wellington Rhett Lockyear © – Old Beach Matthew McConnell – Knights Corey Whitbread – Claremont Ian Callinan – Rokeby Anter Cheema – St Annes Joshua Rowlands – New Norfolk Ramandeep Singh – St Annes Jye Lester – New Norfolk Chris McConnell – Knights