The victorious Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club side following their win in the Twenty20 grand final played at Leongatha on Sunday.
THE Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club won the A Grade 20/20 Knockout Competition after a close win over OMK at the Leongatha Turf on Sunday.
The Workmen’s won the toss and batted first with captain Gav Britt combining with number three Jay Baker for what proved to be a match-winning 47-run partnership.
Baker fell for 22 followed by Britt for a well-made 51, but 28 runs from Sam Huitema ensured the Workmen’s reached a defendable total of 8/144 after 20 overs.
Peter Dell was the pick of the OMK bowlers with 2/20 from 4 overs.
The Diggers lost early wickets before skipper Jason Wilson had a fair crack at chasing down the total.
His gallant knock of 65 not out nearly saw OMK steal victory, but tight bowling from the Workmen’s saw the Diggers fall 10 runs short of victory.
OMK finished 5/135 off 20 overs with Workmen’s quick Jakeb Thomas bowling well with 2/26 off four overs.
The man of the match was awarded to Gav Britt for his half-century that set up the win.
Earlier in the day, the semi-final matches saw the Workmen’s easily account for Kilcunda-Bass.
The remaining Semi-final saw OMK chase down MDU’s total of 113 with three wickets down and three overs to spare.
Tough Workmen play on despite tragedy
SUNDAY’S Twenty20 finals provided some much needed relief for both the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Cricket Club and local cricket following the death of well-known and respected Club player Dave Dutchman on Thursday.
After the grand final, club captain Gav Britt said it had been the toughest week of his life.
He thanked his team-mates for their willingness to put their hand up and play, despite their loss.
League president Russell Matthews said the “whole cricket family” had been affected.
“Everyone has come together in tragic circumstances.”
Players in all grades wore black arm bands on Saturday in the regular matches and paused for a minute’s silence prior to the start of play.
Dutchman was the Workmen’s Club’s B Grade skipper and had been a top local player for many years in the LDCA and Wonthaggi and District Cricket Association for several clubs.