Kyabram has claimed back-to-back Cricket Shepparton D-grade flags.March 26, 2014 4:07am
Shepparton Cricket Association Grand Finals Premiers D-Grade Premiers Kyabram Back L-R: Damian Parsons, Kyle Fitzgerald, Peter Cunningham, Peter Ryan, Geordie Coventry, Danyon Stockdale, Chris Usher. Front L-R: Brett Hicks, Jason Leocata, Ben Shellie, Darren Hawes, Nick Ryan, Andrew Porch. Red Fever: D-Grade Premiers Kyabram (Back) Damian Parsons, Kyle Fitzgerald, Peter Cunningham, Peter Ryan, Geordie Coventry, Danyon Stockdale, Chris Usher, (Front) Brett Hicks, Jason Leocata, Ben Shellie, Darren Hawes, Nick Ryan, Andrew Porch.Shepparton News on 24/03/2014 CAPTION: Shepparton Cricket Association Grand Finals Premiers D-Grade Premiers Kyabram Back L-R: Damian Parsons, Kyle Fitzgerald, Peter Cunningham, Peter Ryan, Geordie Coventry, Damyon Stockdale, Chris Usher. Front L-R: Brett Hicks, Jason Leocata, Ben Shellie, Darren Hawes, Nick Ryan, Andrew Porch
Kyabram claimed its second successive Cricket Shepparton D-grade flag on the weekend after surviving in a pulsating finish against Mooroopna in the premiership showdown at Mooroopna.
Kyabram’s star all-rounder and man-of-the-match Peter Cunningham removed tailender Stuart Payne in his first over with the new ball to clinch the flag by four runs with about four overs remaining.
Peter Schnorrenberg and Payne had added 54 runs for the last wicket to almost thwart Kyabram’s stranglehold on the flag when it had Mooroopna 9-147 chasing Kyabram’s score of 204.
Winning the toss and batting, Kyabram slumped to 4-19, but experienced hands in Chris Usher, Andrew Porch and Cunningham stepped up and were able to ensure their side posted a competitive score.
Usher, who has been threatening to retire for some years, was the backbone of the Kyabram innings with a fighting 77.
He shared in an innings rebuilding stand of 74 for the fifth wicket with Porch, who struck seven boundaries and a six in his valuable knock of 44.
Usher’s 148-minute knock produced eight boundaries and a six, while Cunningham’s 38 helped Kyabram push its score to more than 200 runs in the batting recovery.
Kyabram had Mooroopna on the ropes at 3-16 at stumps on the first day to take a strong grip on the game, but the home side fought tooth-and-nail on the second day, with the last wicket heroics almost depriving the visitors of the win.
Kyabram skipper Peter Ryan admitted he had almost cost his side the flag by believing his team needed only to bowl 70 overs to Mooroopna on the second day.
‘‘But the game went to time and they got a lot more overs than I thought they were entitled to, so it was really good to get the win,’’ Ryan said.
Ryan had special praise for Usher’s and Cunningham’s efforts in the game.
Cunningham finished with 4-51 off 20.3.overs as well as contributing with the bat.
Young Danyon Stockdale also played a crucial role with the ball in the win, taking 4-18 off 13 tight overs, including seven maidens.
Ryan said only four of last season’s history-making side had lined up again this season and with four youngsters in the side, it had been another satisfying flag triumph and season for his team.
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