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.
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