Mt Clear win epic BCA firsts final: PHOTOS

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Premiers Mt. Clear - L-R - BACK - Daniel Hopkinson, Ash Gunn, Grant Trevenan, Matthew Drain, Nathan Jeffrey, Les Sandwith. 

FRONT - Steve Nicholson, Hayden Cartledge, Matt Goonan, Nathan Yates - captain, Paull Jeffrey, Jarrod Burns.  PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Premiers Mt. Clear - L-R - BACK - Daniel Hopkinson, Ash Gunn, Grant Trevenan, Matthew Drain, Nathan Jeffrey, Les Sandwith. FRONT - Steve Nicholson, Hayden Cartledge, Matt Goonan, Nathan Yates - captain, Paull Jeffrey, Jarrod Burns. PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

SORE from four gruelling days of cricket, across two weekends, Mount Clear captain Nathan Yates said it felt “sweet” to finally pull on a premiership medallion.

Yates said it was the toughest and tightest match he had played all season, keeping his Mounties undefeated from 14 games this Ballarat Cricket Association firsts season and ending in a seven-run victory against Brown Hill.

The Mounties skipper nabbed the winning wicket himself in a 6-55 haul as the Bulls launched a legendary chase in the second innings.

This season marked Yates, a dual EJ Cleary medallist, in his return to Ballarat Cricket from Geelong club Lara.

He did so to coach the Mounties with close friend Lincoln Blake as his captain.

Blake was called away for work early in the summer and was the first person Yates called to relay the Mounties’ triumph.

All season the Mounties have established a reputation with each player capable – and proven – in standing up to help win matches.

That was how they won this rollercoaster final.

“We always knew it wasn’t over after they were in a handy position overnight (Saturday night) and we were probably up against it (yesterday),” Yates said.

“That was the tightest test we’ve had all year.

“We’re undefeated. Each week every player has been turning up and playing his role.”

The captain spent the week between play – the Mounties held a 134-run lead after stumps on day two – contemplating what needed to be done next.

All finals the Mounties maintained it had been business as usual about training with four teams reaching grand finals.

The Mounties netted the firsts, seconds and third premierships.

Mounties president Anthony Tigchelaar said it was a fantastic achievement for the club.

“I’m hoping it goes to show our strengths as a top team,” Tigchelaar said.

“We’re thankful for the support we’ve had over six days, semi-finals included, from our families and the public – it’s tremendous for Ballarat cricket.”

Tigchelaar spent the fourth day of the firsts final pacing the boundary, telling players after the match it was great so many people wanted to talk to him about the game, but really he was so nervous the whole time – almost tearing up as he congratulated the playing group in emotional scenes in the rooms.

melanie.whelan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Day 4 - Captain/Coach Nathan Yates celebrates his winning wicket PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Captain/Coach Nathan Yates celebrates his winning wicket PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Mt. Clear boys enjoy the win PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Mt. Clear boys enjoy the win PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Mt. Clear boys enjoy the win PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Mt. Clear boys enjoy the win PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Matt McMahon - Brown Hill goes down for the final wicket PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Matt McMahon - Brown Hill goes down for the final wicket PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Nathan Yates - Captain/Coach talks to the boys after the win PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Nathan Yates - Captain/Coach talks to the boys after the win PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 L-R - Paull Jeffrey, Matthew Drain, Les Sandwith. PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 L-R - Paull Jeffrey, Matthew Drain, Les Sandwith. PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 L-R - Grant Trevenan, Jarrod Burns, Hayden Cartledge, Daniel Hopkinson, Anthony Tigchelaar - Club President. PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 L-R - Grant Trevenan, Jarrod Burns, Hayden Cartledge, Daniel Hopkinson, Anthony Tigchelaar - Club President. PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Hayden Cartledge - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Hayden Cartledge - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Dean Ferris - Brown Hill PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Dean Ferris - Brown Hill PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Nathan Yates appeals unsuccesfully PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Nathan Yates appeals unsuccesfully PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Nathan Yates PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 4 - Nathan Yates PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Daniel Hopkinson - Mt. Clear celebrates a wicket PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Daniel Hopkinson - Mt. Clear celebrates a wicket PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 L-R - Paull Jeffrey, Les Sandwith - Mt. Clear appeal unsuccesfully for a Shane Harwood - Brown Hill LBW. PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 L-R - Paull Jeffrey, Les Sandwith - Mt. Clear appeal unsuccesfully for a Shane Harwood - Brown Hill LBW. PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Paull Jeffrey, Les Sandwith - Mt. Clear send Tim Knowles - Brown Hill on his way after an LBW. PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Paull Jeffrey, Les Sandwith - Mt. Clear send Tim Knowles - Brown Hill on his way after an LBW. PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Nathan Northcott - Brown Hill PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Nathan Northcott - Brown Hill PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Ash Gunn - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Ash Gunn - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill - PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill - PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Paull Jeffrey, Les Sandwith - Mt. Clear appeal unsuccesfully for a Tim Knowles - Brown Hill LBW.PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Paull Jeffrey, Les Sandwith - Mt. Clear appeal unsuccesfully for a Tim Knowles - Brown Hill LBW.PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Matt Hyden - Brown Hill  PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Matt Hyden - Brown Hill PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 Nathan Northcott - Brown Hill - PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 Nathan Northcott - Brown Hill - PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Nathan Yates - PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Nathan Yates - PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Ash Gunn - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Ash Gunn - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Les Sandwith - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Les Sandwith - Mt. Clear PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 The umpires leave the field at the end of play PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 The umpires leave the field at the end of play PIC: ADAM TRAFFORD

Day 3 - Nathan Yates - Mt. Clear PIC: LACHLAN BENCE

Day 3 - Nathan Yates - Mt. Clear PIC: LACHLAN BENCE

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill PIC: LACHLAN BENCE

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill PIC: LACHLAN BENCE

Day 3 - Brown Hill's Nick Hyden out to Natahn Yates - Mt. Clear PIC: LACLAN BENCE

Day 3 - Brown Hill's Nick Hyden out to Natahn Yates - Mt. Clear PIC: LACLAN BENCE

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Jason Knowles, Austin Murphy - Brown Hill PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Jason Knowles, Austin Murphy - Brown Hill PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill - PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Shane Harwood - Brown Hill - PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Matt Hyden - Brown Hill PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Matt Hyden - Brown Hill PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Matt McMahon Brown Hill - PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Matt McMahon Brown Hill - PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Hayden Cartledge Mt. Clear PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Hayden Cartledge Mt. Clear PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Hayden Cartledge, Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Day 3 - Hayden Cartledge, Steve Nicholson - Mt. Clear PIC: JUSTIN WHITELOCK