IT was third time lucky for the Bomaderry under 16 side on Saturday as the team claimed its third premiership as a team in as many years after defeating North Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons at Bernie Regan Sporting Complex.
But it was less about luck and more about skill for the young team, which has taken the under 13s and 14s premierships, and now can lay claim to the 16s title.
Bomaderry won the toss and elected to bat first.
This decision immediately paid off for the team, with opening batsman Dayne Johnston swiftly making his way to 39 runs.
In the fifth over Johnston lost his partner Tyrone Johnston (9) after he was caught by Norths skipper Adam Ison off an Angus Clark delivery.
But the Bomaderry team was just warming up, with Callum Mackay next at the crease and making a solid 15 runs before he was bowled by Ison in the 18th over.
Enter Zac Blattner, who made a 55-run partnership with Johnston, who was found LBW off a Liam Sutton delivery in the 34th over.
With the Bomaderry hard hitters near out of the way, Norths’ bowlers unleashed an attack that saw Blattner, Campbell Eldred (5), Robert Mirabito (1), Jake Matthews (6), Ethan Addlington (0) and William Patterson (0) all fall in quick succession.
Batting ninth, Jayden Hyland had a good knock for 11 runs, but Bomaderry was in trouble, and after being 3/102 in the 34th over, found themselves all out for 142 in the 49th.
The Norths bowling attack was led by Clark, who took 5/27 in 10 overs, including one maiden over.
Ison was also at his usual best, taking 4/23 in nine overs, with Sutton claiming the remaining wicket on 1/20.
Sunday started with Ison at the crease and the captain really proved why he is one of the top players in the junior competition thanks to a quickfire 41 runs.
Despite Ison’s efforts, his team looked in trouble after fellow opener Rowan Campbell was run out in the third over.
Dale Lovatt stepped up to the crease and looked to have staying power, but after Ison fell in the 14th over, Lovatt was sent back to the change rooms four overs later for 17 runs after he was caught by Eldred off a Adlington ball.
At 3/78, Norths would need some serious scores from their middle and top order.
Unfortunately despite 10 runs from Dylan Turner, the rest of the order fell cheaply, and Norths were all out for 104 runs.
The Bomaderry bowlers were a united effort in the wicket taking, with wickets going to Mirabito (1/18), Matthews (1/23), Tyrone Johnston (1/18), Mackay (2/33), Adlington (1/5) and Blattner (2/3).