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Echuca claims Twenty20 trophy

Echuca has knocked over Rochester Tigers to win Goulburn Murray Cricket's Twenty20 crown.

OLIVER CAFFREY December 23, 2013 4:15am

Echuca has taken out this year’s Goulburn Murray Cricket Twenty20 title after downing Rochester Tigers on Saturday.

Echuca won through to the final after defeating Rochester United in the semi-final earlier in the day, while the Tigers won a thrilling contest against Kyabram Fire Brigade.

The final was not so close, with Echuca winning the toss and batting, belting its way to 7-157 after 20 overs.

The Tigers were never a realistic chance of chasing down the runs, eventually getting bowled out for 104.

Echuca captain Brendan Prendergast capped a brilliant final, taking 2-12 after hitting 40 with the bat.

Prendergast said he was pleased to be able to add a title to the trophy cabinet.

‘‘It was good, a different format with the semi-final and final on the same day, but it worked well for us,’’ Prendergast said.

‘‘It’s a bit of a bonus for our season and another competition to win, but any trophy that’s up for grabs you might as well try to win it.’’

Prendergast got Echuca off to a flying start, but a middle-order collapse had it in a difficult position, before Nick Dolan (38) and Shaun Hon (22) made sure the Tigers would be chasing more than a run a ball.

‘‘We got off to a reasonable start, but we lost wickets consistently through our innings, we were lucky they put on 70 or so for the eighth wicket,’’ Prendergast said.

‘‘It was a good day for the club and the whole comp in itself, with how it was all run.’’

Brad Major (26) looked to be in good touch for the Tigers, but Prendergast was able to remove the first drop batsman before too much damage was done.

After taking a wicket in the semi-final, Matthew Stokes (3-29) was able to tear through the Echuca middle-order to give the Tigers a chance.

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