By Sam Watson
• A Grade, Division 2
WONTHAGGI Club has won the A Grade, Division 2 premiership, outclassing Foster at Scorpion Park.
After a strong regular season, Foster would’ve been feeling confident about lifting the A2 premiership, and that confidence shone through when captain Josh Toner won the toss and sent Wonthaggi in to bat.
The decision looked to be a masterstroke early, with Wonthaggi falling to 3/34.
But a rock-solid partnership from Mitch Davey and Stewart Beaumont turned the game on its head.
After getting them to 3/34, Foster’s bowlers were left reeling as Wonthaggi eventually moved to 3/156.
Jack Gay broke Davey and Stewart’s 122-run partnership by bowling Davey, who finished on 93 off 109 balls.
Beaumont was able to hang around and reach 50 before being run out by Gay, and with a rapid 36 from Jy Hull, Wonthaggi got themselves in a dominant position at 8/242.
Gay was the pick of Foster’s bowlers, taking 3/33 off 10 overs, and he knew he’d have to perform even better with the bat to give his side a chance.
Gay opened the batting alongside his captain Toner, but he was the first casualty, falling for just five.
Toner and first drop batter Brad Coates worked hard, but Toner was eventually caught on 47.
Coates departed shortly after for 28 and things were looking dire for the Tigers.
After Nathan Cant took his third wicket, Beaumont found himself back in the game, taking four wickets and all but sealing the victory.
Mitch Allott 20 had a crack at fighting back, but he couldn’t overcome Wonthaggi’s brilliant bowling attack and Foster were soon all out for 178 in the 46th over.
Cant finished with 3/45 off seven overs and Beaumont picked up sublime figures of 4/28 off 10 overs.
After upsetting MDU in the semi-final last week, Wonthaggi knew it was going to be tough to knock off Foster, but they did everything right and now they’re the A2 premiers.
The win may mean no team from A2 moves up a division next year as Wonthaggi already have a top flight team, and OMK may remain in A1.