BALLARAT Blue has cruised to an emphatic victory in the Kirton Shield final.
The Ballarat boys romped to a seven-wicket win over a team from the Grampians Cricket Association to win the under-17 regional championship at Wendouree Oval.
Sunday’s triumph was set-up by the bowlers, with Ben Landwehr and leg-spinner Billy Hoye both taking four wickets each to roll the Grampians for just 54 runs.
The run-chase appeared an easy one, and despite Ballarat slipping to 3-11 early, it proved just that as a partnership between Nick Spark (25) and Ben Lusby (25) carried the team across the line.
Ballarat continued batting after passing the total and was 5-95 when stumps were pulled.
Blue is the younger under-16 Ballarat Cricket Association team, coached by Peter Le Lievre.
BALLARAT BLUE 5-95 d GRAMPIANS 54
GRAMPIANS C Jerram c DK Walker b W Hoye 7
K STEWART c B Lusby b S Jackson 0
E MARROW c MA Zakynthinos b B Landwehr 18
T HANNETT c T Le Lievre b B Landwehr 0
T WILLIAMSON c MA Zakynthinos b B Landwehr 2
R TAYLOR b B Landwehr 6
S CRONIN c DK Walker b H Givvens 3
D GRINHAM c J Walker-Corbet b W Hoye 4
R WOOD not out 5
J ILLIG c DK Walker b W Hoye 0
B STEWART c B Van De Heuvel b W Hoye 0
Bowling: T Curwin King 3-1-0-16, S Jackson 5-2-1-3, B Landwehr 6-2-4-9, H Givvens 10-4-1-12, W Hoye 7-2-4-9.
DK WALKER b C Jerram 2
NW SPARK b R Taylor 25
T Le LIEVRE c R Wood b J Illig 0
MA ZAKYNTHINOS c C Jerram b J Illig 6
B LUSBY c R Taylor 25
H GIVVENS not out 27
J WALKER-CORBET not out 0
Bowling C Jerram 6-3-1-4, J Illig 6-2-2-10, K Stewart 4-0-0-21, T Hannett 1-0-0-4, B Stewart 4-0-0-15, T Williamson 2-0-1-16, R Taylor 2-0-1-6, E Marrow 1-0-0-14.