THE first Korumburra Indoor Cricket Winter season has wrapped up, with Nerrena Red Caps winning Section One and Poowong-Loch taking out Section Two.
Under the watchful eye of umpires Terry Rogers and Ian Thomas, the finals were played in the great spirits and the first season has been hailed a success, providing cricketers with the opportunity to have a hit during the winter.
Section 1 final
Red Caps 117 defeated The Diggers 108
The Diggers batted first and got off to a rocky start with a wicket off the first ball to begin at -5 runs.
Justin Greenwood and Murray Gow recovered by putting on a 25-run opening partnership off their four allotted overs.
The next pair of Nathan Cant and Nick Auddino had a terrible first over, losing four wickets in Tim Wightman’s over to reduce the Diggers score back to six.
From there they didn’t lose a wicket to finally end their stint with the score at 34.
At the halfway mark, the Red Caps were well in control.
The third batting pair of Russ White and Eli Cousins batted sensibly and didn’t lose a wicket to take the score to 67.
The last pair of Peter Dell and David Jeffries continued the resurgence of the Diggers’ innings by putting on 41 runs in their allotted overs.
The Diggers finished with a score of 108, a score the Red Caps should have been able to chase down easily.
The Red Caps’ opening pair Tim Wightman and David Trotman got away to a good start, hitting 30 runs despite losing three wickets.
The next pair of Gerard Murphy and Josh Trease took no risks against some tight bowling to progress the score to 65 at the halfway mark of the Red Caps innings and they were looking comfortable.
The match really swung the Red Caps way when Damien Symmons and Gerard Murphy batted sensibly to put on 35 runs for the third partnership without losing a wicket to take the score to 100.
Craig Friebe and Paul Matheson only had to not lose wickets and the Red Caps would be winners.
Runs were added but the Diggers kept taking an occasional wicket to see the Red Caps still requiring two runs to win off the last over.
Cool heads prevailed and the Red Caps were able to reach their final score of 117.
An excellent final between the season’s two best teams with Red Caps capping off an undefeated season to be the Section 1 winners.
Section 2 final
Poowong-Loch 178 defeated Bearded Clams 64
The very strong Poowong-Loch team batted first and reached an excellent score of 178, despite losing six wickets.
Poowong-Loch’s partnerships were Trevor Allen and Brad Hall (45), Aiden Johnson and Matt Allen (33), Jeff Walsh and Dane Fawcett (53), and Wilson Pollock and Matt Hancock (37).
The Bearded Clams had a big task ahead chasing the strong total.
Each batting pair was able to score off the bowling, but not at the high scoring rate of Poowong-Loch.
For a team made up of social cricketers it was still a great effort to make it to the final.
Partnerships were Michael Grabham and Andrew Newton (12), Tyler Newton and Mitch Nicholas (13), Don Wylie and Craig Walker (29), and Brendon and Marty Nicholas (10)
The final result was as expected with Poowong-Loch progressing through the season undefeated and hardly challenged in Section 2.
Following the final, all teams shared in a light supper and refreshments to discuss how the first season of the Indoor cricket competition had gone, reliving many great shots, great umpiring decisions, dropped catches and excellent batting and bowling performances.