Berry down despite Rogers’ effort

EX-SERVICEMEN proved far too strong for Berry-Shoalhaven Heads in last weekend’s SDCA third grade grand final at Zealand No. 2 Oval, avenging the loss in the one-day final, mid-season.

However one member of the home side who put in another outstanding performance was Joe Rogers who captured 5/35 in helping to restrict the premiers to a tally of 108, which is fourth on the list of lowest winning totals in third grade grand finals.

Rogers’ bag took his season’s

aggregate to 56 wickets, the best by a Berry bowler in third grade for at least 40 years.

Prior to this game, the leaders of that list were: Doug Abbott, 55 in 1977-78; Ryan Hennessy, 55 in 1999-2000; Maurice O’Leary, 54 in 1980-81; and Stuart Bramley, 53 in 1972-73.

By scoring 35 in its innings, Berry just missed out on the lowest ever total in a third grade grand final.

That record stays with Kangaroo Valley which was dismissed for 34 against Nowra in 1984-85.

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