KYABRAM Fire Brigade has claimed its second Goulburn Murray Cricket flag and reversed the result of the previous two grand final losses to Rochester United with a resounding premiership win at the weekend.
It was a huge weekend for the club, with its teams also snaring the B and C grade flags.
In the A grade final, the Flames, with opener Henry Charlton and the irrepressible Paul Newman to the forefront, went on their second scoring spree against United within the space of three games.
Opener Charlton saw off six partners while top scoring with 78 while 198 telling runs were added to the Brigade final total of 301.
Charlton’s stay included an innings-steadying 117-run partnership for the fifth wicket with batting maestro Newman, who followed up his semi-final century heroics when ill to make a punishing 74 that included 13 fours and one six.
Skipper Danny Kent batting at number seven and Jayden Rosin then kept the runs ticking over after Newman’s dismissal.
Kent struck 41 off 41 balls with two boundaries and a six while Rosin illustrated the depth of the the Flames’ batting line-up, contributing 47 off 44 balls batting at number nine.
Sean Williams captured 3/68 off 19 overs while Liam Ringin and Myles Wade both took two wickets for United but the honours were clearly with the Brigade batsmen.
Rochester United never got into a position to seriously challenge the Brigade score and were dismissed for 149 in 56 overs with Tim Rasmussen (54) the only shining light.
Determined to make up for a batting failure in the game, Michael Mattingly did the most damage with the ball for the Brigade.
The first-change bowler sent down 17 overs and claimed 4/41 to rip the heart out of the United middle order.
Mattingly was well supported by opening bowler Brodie Unwin, with 2/27 off 14 overs, and Henry Charlton, 2/34 off six, while Jack Donnell and Sam Kershaw each took a wicket.
Brigade skipper Danny Kent rated the win ‘‘up there with the best’’ of the six premiership triumphs he had now savoured at the club.
‘‘Losing the last two grand finals to them (Rochester United) put us under a lot of pressure but this is the best side I have played in so it was really satisfying to get the win,’’ Kent said.
‘‘It was really good for blokes like Brodie Unwin who missed out four years ago when he got injured in the semi-final and couldn’t play in that premiership side. It’s his first premiership win so its extra special for him.’’
Kent also paid tribute to English imports Henry Charlton and Sam Kershaw for their contribution over the season and in the final.
‘‘They really fitted in well at our club and we were a pretty tight group.’’
FIRE Brigade was toasting Rikki Busch for its premiership win over Cooma in the B grade competition at the weekend.
The fifth bowler introduced to the attack, Busch turned the flag battle on its head with the deadliest burst of bowling in premiership battles in all grades over the weekend — a lethal burst of 6/28 off 7.2 overs.
The Brigade bowlers were defending a gettable score of 4/135 and it was Busch’s right arm slow deliveries that mesmerised the Cooma batting line-up.
Cooma’s batsmen found runs hard to come by with the Brigade’s opening attack of Jarrod Chapman and Nathan Torney going wicketless but conceding just 25 runs from 15 overs. Then Steve Thomson leaked just three runs off six overs while picking up two wickets before Ben Langley cashed in with a wicket at a cost of 14 runs off five overs.
After winning the toss and batting, Cooma bowlers did a good job to restrict the Brigade to 4/135 off its 40 overs.
Experienced hands in Corey Carver who top scored with 42 with five boundaries and Trevor Watts (29) with support from Jake Gascoyne (19 not out) and Ben Langley enabled the Brigade to post 4/13.
But Cooma’s batsmen failed the pressure test of a grand final atmosphere, succumbing for just 71 in 33.2 overs.
Andrew Ciavarella’s 19 was the best contribution from Cooma’s batsmen, who suffered a deadly attack of ‘Buschitis’.
A JUSTIN Elliott century paved the way for Fire Brigade’s premiership win over Moama in the C grade final at Cooma.
Sent in to bat by Moama, the Flames built a handy 3/192 off their 40 overs, with Elliott showing his vast experience at superior levels to compile an unbeaten 106.
He faced only 108 balls and dotted his scorecard with 10 fours and three sixes.
Elliott lost his opening partner Brendan White early but combined with up-and-comer Mitch Dunne (20), the ever-reliable Scott Hearn (21) and Michael Mott (19 not out) to set the Moama batsmen a challenging run chase.
But with Ryan Thomson and Matt Fleming stepping up with the ball, Moama struggled for runs from the outset.
Opener Glenn Albert with 30 was top scorer and only one of two batsmen to get to double figures as Moama succumbed in 33.4 overs for 99 runs.
Thomson’s eight overs produced four wickets for the cost of only 16 runs and he was well supported by Fleming, who picked up 3/27 off seven overs.
Barty Carver, Lachy Price and Scott Hearn were the other wicket takers for the Brigade who helped bring off the emphatic flag win.
RUSHWORTH can thank tailend batsmen Kayne Campbell and Regan Hanson for clinching its premiership win against Moama in the D grade final at the weekend.
When they came together at the wicket in the clash at Moama’s number two oval, Rushworth needed 18 runs to claim the flag with only two wickets in hand.
But Campbell proved the hero, making an unbeaten 18, and with Hanson holding up his end, Rushworth edged to victory in a pulsating climax.
Rushworth’s bowlers kept Moama to 131 off its 36 overs, with Regan Hanson and Ryan Patten showing the way with three wickets each.
Hanson took 3/23 off his eight overs and Patten 3/30 off the same number.
Daniel Newton chipped in with 2/26 off eight overs and Shannon Jarrett picked up 1/21 off four.
In Rushworth’s innings, Sam Dearing was the chief contributor with 31, while opener Zac Dearing made a handy 29.