Kyabram Fire Brigade has defeated Tongala in the Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade grand final.ZACH HUBBER March 17, 2014 4:29am
Kyabram Fire Brigade clinched its first Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade premiership yesterday with a 153-run win against Tongala at Moama.
It was the Flames’ dominant bowling display late on Saturday which gave them the upper hand, restricting the Blues to 4/47 after being all out for 176 in the 78th over.
Tongala finished all out for 105 just after lunch on day two, before sending in Fire Brigade to bat again.
The Flames built their lead to 153 at which point Blues captain Andrew Good called it a day.
Fire Brigade captain Daniel Kent said it was massive moment for the club.
‘‘Our club expects success. We pride ourselves on winning flags,’’ Kent said.
‘‘We wanted to prove a few people wrong.’’
Despite finishing last season in sixth and being knocked out in the first week of the finals, Kent said he always felt his side was still the best in the league.
Fire Brigade lost arguably four of its best six players from the 2012-13 season in Dave and Paul Newman, Andrew Elborough and Andrew Kent.
But the inclusion of imports Joe Taylor and man of the match Tyrone Isitt helped the Flames batting and bowling ranks.
‘‘Tyrone was definitely the difference,’’ Kent said.
‘‘In my opinion he’s by far the best bowler in the competition and he showed that.
‘‘We spent three months to pick those two. We would’ve spoken to them four times each and they’ve delivered.’’
Isitt claimed the prized wickets of Jayden Tucker (7) and Ben Scowen (0) lbw in the same over late Saturday.
On day one Fire Brigade won the toss and elected to bat.
After losing the wicket of Taylor (7) in the ninth over, Fire Brigade steadied through Trevor Watts and Brayden Stone to reach lunch at 1/64.
Darin Ohlsen struck second ball after lunch to have Stone (23) lbw.
Watts (39) survived a caught behind appeal, much to Good’s bemusement.
But the opener was walking next ball when he was caught by Nunn in slips off Good.
Isitt looked threatening but had no answers for a brilliant catch by youngster Alex Williams deep on the boundary.
Williams juggled the ball to catch it with his second attempt outstretched, much to the relief of he and his teammates as they charged towards him with jubilation.
The Flames were losing wickets fast and the trend continued.
Nunn struck with the second ball of his second spell to remove Daniel Kent (24), before claiming the scalps of Michael Kent (3) and Corey Carver (5).
Good (3/45) bowled the dangerous Matt Finn (23) and Nunn (5/43) dismissed Jarrod Chapman (2) to have the Flames in the vulnerable position of 9/141.
Daniel Kent was nervous watching from the boundary, but was pleased with the last-wicket partnership of 35 runs between Brendan White (28) and Will Power (7 not out).
‘‘I wasn’t confident that 140 was going to be enough,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a lot harder chasing 180 than it is 140.’’
The big-hitting White punished the Blues for dropping Power with the Flames on 153, before coming undone to Ohlsen.
Tongala took to the final 22 overs of the day with an aggressive approach, much to the side’s detriment.
Isitt was menacing with the ball, finishing the day at 2/19.
Travis Johnstone took on Power and paid the price, clean bowled for 14.
Power did not stop there, dismissing Nunn (5) to see Tongala at 4/47 before bad light in the second last over stopped play.
Kent said he would have asked for the bad light ruling earlier if he was batting.
Isitt was the first to strike on day two when he bowled Ohlsen with an in-swinging yorker.
A run out soon after did not help Tongala’s cause as the Blues struggled to 9/105 at lunch.
Good fell first over after lunch to see the Blues finish their first innings all out for 105.
The Tongala captain sent the Flames in to bat again, but all hopes of a miracle were dashed as Taylor made a half-century and Fire Brigade’s lead pushed beyond 150.
Tongala conceded defeat and the Flames roared with satisfaction.
After 22 years at the club, Kent said the win was right at the top of his cricketing achievements.
The premiership adds to the club’s two Twenty20 premierships since the merger of Campaspe Cricket and Kyabram and District Cricket associations.
After months of speculation, Yarrawonga’s Alan Williams has been endorsed as the Labor candidate for Murray contesting the July 2 Federal Election.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Fletcher and Beau Harris might have only taken up go kart racing two years ago but they’re already showing the potential for future success.
CONSTRUCTION of Rochester’s gym is well into the swing of things, with concrete walls erected early last week.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
RENEWAL works have resumed on the Coliban Main Channel this month.
For most 10-year-olds, mischievous isn’t a word often found in their vocabulary, let alone having the ability to spell it correctly. But for Cobram Anglican Grammar Year 5 student Cadence Pang, it’s all in a day’s work.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.