Mooroopna captain Clint Thomas is over the moon after making an unbeaten century and leading the Cats to the Cricket Shepparton B-grade premiership.OLIVER CAFFREY March 25, 2014 4:15am
Ask most cricketers and their ultimate goal is to win a premiership.
But to do that, along with captaining the winning team and scoring a huge century in the same final is all the more satisfying.
Mooroopna B-grade captain Clint Thomas did just that to have a Cricket Shepparton final to remember as his Cats scored a massive 165-run win against Kialla Knights-Toolamba.
The Mooroopna veteran smashed an unbeaten 149 on the opening day to lead his team to an almost unbeatable 6-401 after 100 overs.
Thomas said he could not have imagined a better scenario when heading to Tallygaroopna on Saturday.
‘‘It was great and it’s a dream come true — you just want to contribute in finals and that’s how you’re eventually graded as a player, with how you perform in big finals,’’ Thomas said.
‘‘So to do it, I was absolutely chuffed, but the day was set up by our two openers Paul (Wickham) and Rob (Marsters) who batted really well and then everyone contributed.
‘‘You can’t wish for anything more than to make a hundred in a final, so it’s as good as it gets and we’ll celebrate pretty hard on that one.’’
It was Thomas’ second hundred of the season after hitting 134 against Shepparton and Youth Club United in round 11.
His impressive season helped him win the B-grade batting average award at last week’s presentation night, finishing the home-and-away rounds with 526 runs at an average of 58.44.
Sunday’s flag triumph was Thomas’ second in B-grade after leading the Cats to the 2010-11 final win over Old Students.
‘‘There would be three or four (players) that would’ve played in the B-grade flag in 2011, but it’s certainly a pretty new group and it’s particularly good to play in a premiership with this group,’’ Thomas said.
‘‘To win the three finals is a pretty good effort after going to that top six now, it makes it so much harder to come through and go all the way.
‘‘We had two significant contributors leave this season in Andrew Young and Glenn Campbell, who made a lot of runs in B-grade cricket, so to lose those guys and still win a premiership just shows other people step up into the position.’’
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