BALLARAT Cricket Association’s stranglehold on the Kenmac Shield rolls on for another year following another undefeated campaign.
But the Ballarat boys had to work for the title, with a narrow two-wicket win over Maryborough on the Beaufort turf on Sunday afternoon.
Maryborough won the toss and elected to bat, but was dismissed for just 59 thanks to some splendid bowling from Golden Point’s Daniel White (4-14) and Naps-Sebas’ Liam Rigby (2-6).
Ballarat’s run chase appeared an easy one, but a flurry of early wickets ensured it had to work for the result.
At one stage, Ballarat was 6-18 in pursuit of Maryborough’s total, but rallied thanks to Ryan Knowles (15) and tail-enders White (13) and Rigby (11) to pass the target eight wickets down.
Ballarat secured the title after an earlier win over Castlemaine late last year.
Ballarat’s next senior representative clash is the Turner-Hollioake Shield encounter with Bendigo on February 2 before Melbourne Country Week begins on February 17.
BALLARAT 60-8 d MARYBOROUGH 59
T MOSCHETTI run out 3
B HOBAN b J Knowles 18
N HOBAN lbw L Rigby 0
N HIND b L Rigby 0
L PFEIFFER b D White 10
L KOOP c R Knowles b C Mapatuna 5
C DUNN c R Hind b D White 5
J LACY b A Warrick 10
K McDOWELL b D White 0
S DELLAVEDOVA b D White 0
J McDOWELL not out 0
S BROWN not out 0
Bowling: A Warrick 8.2-2-9-1, J Crosbie 6-3-8-0, J Knowles 6-1-12-1, L Rigby 6-4-6-2 D White 7-1-14-4, C Mapatuna 5-1-10-1.
L SANDWITH b S Dellavedova 1
C ROSCHOLLER b S Dellavedova 4
R HIND c J Lacy b J McDowell 0
R KNOWLES lbw S Dellavedova 15
T MEADE b S Dellavedova 0
C MAPATUNA lbw S Dellavedova 0
J KNOWLES c T Moschetti b N Hind 2
D WHITE c J McDowell b S Brown 13
L RIGBY not out 11
J CROSBIE not out 0
Bowling: S Dellavedova 10-4-21-5, J McDowell 3-0-4-1, N Hind 3-0-9-1, K McDowell 5-0-12-0, S Brown 2-0-7-1,C Dunn 1-1-0-0.