NORTH Nowra-Cambe-warra’s 12 Nowra Homemaker Furniture Maroons brought home the trophy last on Sunday, March 9 after they defeated Ulladulla in the grand final.
The team lost the toss to Ulladulla on Saturday morning but are used to bowling first and it was a great start with few runs coming and an early wicket thanks to a catch by Rhys off his cousin Angus’ bowling.
The next wicket was some time later at the score of 38 and it was super gun fielder Will Seyffer who ran in fast at fine leg and dived with a direct hit throw that had the batsman just short.
Rocky and Dale then formed a great partnership but at no stage was it a run fest as the Maroons were bowling tight and fielding well.
Isabella Hoskin was full and straight and finished with 1/9 from five overs and Harrison Graham 0/6 off three overs.
Angus ended with 1/4 and Alex was hard to hit with figures of 0/19 off seven overs.
Tom Cooney took a good catch and then bowled sensationally for 1/8 off six overs, proving near impossible to get away with his variation in this, his first season of cricket.
Rhys took two good catches and saved many runs in the field while Jack kept wickets in the second stage and also bowled well (0/7) and then had a great throw from the deep that was right over the stumps and found the batsman short. Kyla was on target again with 1/13 from seven overs and took two excellent catches at cover that included a running one that she had to stretch out for. Adrian was the pick of the bowlers with 3/13 off seven overs as he bowled with accuracy and a full length.
All 13 players had a bowl and Sophie kept wickets early to great effect as usual.
Summer was on the ball in the field and kept the positive talk up which she is renowned for.
Ewan was busy running around chasing from his gully position.
Ulladulla lost 5/4 in the last 10 overs to have them 7/134 from their 50 overs.
The Maroons left the ground to consider chasing the next day and turned up Sunday morning ready to go after the coaches told them to be patient and wait for anything loose.
Jack and Will were out early but the team still pressed on with Sophie belting a quick fire 31 that included two memorable hits to the mid wicket boundary.
She shared a huge partnership with Harrison, who was never going to get out such was his concentration and technique.
He hit 36 retired and really laid the platform with his complete innings that the coaches requested he play to his strengths and see off the gun bowlers.
Rhys came in with the Ulladulla team searching for a wicket and he punished anything short with three to the boundary and complemented Harrison, who gave him the strike whenever possible.
Rhys ended with 35 retired and it was left to Kyla (5 n.o) and Tom to get the last handful of runs, with Tom eventually hitting the final single to claim victory in the 36th over at 3/136.
The team and home crowd went wild as they had lost last year’s decider by not many at the same venue and the win capped off a fine season that saw the team lose just two games.
Training on Tuesdays was always memorable and often three hours for some as the children and coach would not go home.
The final was played in good spirit and both coaches would like to thank Mr Webster and Mr Rickwood for umpiring.
No doubt these two sides will play some more close encounters and finals in the future as they have done now the past few years.
The club presentation last Friday saw the players presented with their various awards.
Rhys won the batting trophy with 159 runs at 22.71.
Tom won the bowling trophy with 14 wickets at 5.64.
Will won the allrounder trophy with 114 runs, 15 wickets and five catches.
Harrison Graham won the club Player of the Finals Trophy for his fine contribution of 21 not out in the semi and 36 not out in the grand final.
The coache’s awards went to Sophie Emery and Adrian Dwight as these two players had terrific seasons and always put in 100 per cent at training.
Awards could have been given to all players as they deserved them for their excellent performances and for the spirit in which they play the game.
The club thanked Nowra HomeMakers Furniture for sponsoring the team.