KYABRAM Fire Brigade’s under 16 team has taken out the Goulburn Murray Cricket title after defeating Rochester United on Sunday.
The win was largely thanks to a composed 52 retired from eventual man-of-the-match Mitch Dunne.
United won the toss and elected to bat at Northern Oval, and were under pressure from ball one with opening bowlers Jackson Barnett and Ryan Thomson providing some tight bowling.
It didn’t take long for Barnett to grab the first wicket, wrapping United opener Waugh George on the pads for 1.
United then put on a 26-run stand before that was broken by Matt Fleming. Barnett then grabbed his second wicket to put Fire Brigade in control at 3-30.
Fire Brigade was then able to grab a steady flow of wickets throughout the innings and keep United to 9/121 from 40 overs.
Jackson Barnett (2/11), Ryan Thomson (2/23), Matt Fleming (2/20) and Darcy Keck (2/26) all snared multiple scalps.
Fire Brigade openers Anthony DePasquale and Mitch Dunne then set about chasing down United’s total.
They put together a healthy 31-run opening stand before a mix-up saw DePasquale on his way – run out for 9.
Fire Brigade then lost two more quick wickets to leave them at 3/47, with Dunne still unbeaten and moving the score along nicely.
Rhys Shay (13) proved a valuable partner for Dunne as they moved the score along to 72 before Shay was dismissed.
Two more wickets left the game in the balance with Fire Brigade at 6/78.
Liam Dillon joined Dunne at the crease, with the latter then hitting three boundaries in the one over to put Fire Brigade back on top.
Dillon and Dunne put on a 41-run stand, with Dunne forced to retire just three runs short of the total.
Fire Brigade ended up passing United’s score six wickets down to hand them a famous victory.