Bomaderry team claims their third premiership
YESTERDAY’S grand final success marked a significant milestone for the victorious Bomaderry under 16s.
For their captain Zac Blattner and a number of their players, it was the third straight year they had tasted grand final glory, having won the under 14s last season and the under 13s before that.
While they had not always been the most dominant team in the competition, they got the job done against the highly favoured North Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons at Bernie Regan.
In what was a relatively low-scoring match, Bomaderry made 142 on the first day, thanks to contributions of 39 from Dayne Johnston and 33 from Zac Blattner.
Some of the Norths bowlers were on target with Angus Clark bagging 5/27, while Adam Ison took 4/23.
Norths got off to a flying start in their run chase with Adam Ison (41) and Dale Lovatt (17) scoring valuable runs at the top of the order.
They were still looking in a fairly strong position at 3/77 when Lovatt was dismissed, but that was where it all went downhill for Norths.
A batting collapse saw them bowled out for 104 after 36 overs, to wrap up the win for Bomaderry.
Unlike Norths, there were no standouts with the ball, with all six bowlers who were used picking up wickets.
Zac Blattner had the best figures with 2/3, Callum Mackay took 2/33, while Robbie Mirabito, Jake Matthews, Tyrone Johnston and Ethan Adlington took one wicket apiece.
Nowra are the under 14s champions after they defeated Ulladulla United in a low-scoring affair at Artie Smith Oval.
Jarrod Smith (3/9) Travis Wooden (2/8) and Zac Jones (2/7) all bowled well as Ulladulla dismissed Nowra for 93.
But Ulladulla found it even more difficult when they got their turn with the willow and could only manage 58 in reply.
Cameron Fernie took three early wickets late on day one, while Ryan Henry finished things off with four wickets on Sunday.
In the under 12s decider Norths Maroons scored a convincing win against Ulladulla.
Rocky Lavalle and Dale Ramsden each retired with 35 in Ulladulla’s total of 7/135, with Adrian Dwight leading the way with the ball with 3/13.
Norths never looked troubled in their chase with Harrison Graham and Rhys Burinaga both retiring on 36, while Sophie Emery made 31 as they reached the total three wickets down.
In the under 10s modified, the Norths Blues capped off a good day for their club by defeating Ulladulla.
The SDJCA presentation was also held at the conclusion of yesterday’s games, where Adam Ison was named cricketer of the year for the second year running, while Mia Davidson was named female cricketer of the year once again.
All the weekend’s junior grand final action starts on page 26.