WENDOUREE has claimed its fifth Cricket Willow Cup division one championship, storming home to a four-wicket victory over Bacchus Marsh in yesterday’s final at Cricket Willow near Shepherds Flat.
Bacchus Marsh set the Red Caps a challenging chase in the Twenty20 match, winning the toss and batting first for a total of 7-138.
Wendouree was kept in check by the Bacchus Marsh bowlers for much of the innings and was left needing 14 runs off of the last two overs for victory.
Brandon Weatherson ensured that the Red Caps avoided a late innings demise, striking three fours off of the 19th over for a total of 6-141.
“Bacchus Marsh got off to a pretty quick start but we were able to pull them back with some good tight bowling and a couple of wickets to tighten it up,” Wendouree captain Matt Smith said.
“Our innings went along pretty steadily because they bowled a fairly tight, full line, which made it especially pleasing for us to be able to stay in front of that run rate and eventually get the win.
“It was pretty tense there in the end, but that’s cricket – we were struggling to find a boundary out there for about five overs, but all it really took in the end was three quick fours.”
Cole Roscholler led the way for the Red Caps with the bat, making 66 runs before being bowled out by Tom McColl, while Wendouree’s Chris Griffin, Anthony Beacham and Matt Smitt each took two wickets.
The standouts for Bacchus Marsh were Dean Wright, who made 40 runs batting at number six, and Rhys Watson, who took 2-16.
Wendouree was given a dream run in the final, given a walkover by Laaniecoorie-Dunnolly in its semi-final, while Bacchus Marsh has now fallen short in its last two grand final attempts.
Meanwhile Carngham CC cruised to a nine wicket win against VRI Delacombe in the final of the division two championship earlier in the day.
VRI Delacombe batted first for a total of 70, with Alex Wallis the top scorer with 18 runs.
Carngham took just 10.5 overs to catch VRI Delacombe’s total, with Zac Wilson and Jarrad Rodgers leading the way with the bat, making 29 and 36 respectively.