A devastating bowling performance from young Harrison Starr and a classy knock by Jock Mitton has helped Grenfell claim its maiden Matt Morrison Twenty20 Shield title.
Mitton was unbeaten on 36 not out in Grenfell’s innings of 4-100, while Starr picked up two important early wickets and cleaned up the tail to restrict Bowling Club to 92, helping claim an eight-run win.
Grenfell captain Shaun Logan said he was pleased with the amount of runs his side scored, after winning the toss and electing to bat at Twigg Oval on Saturday.
“I thought 100 was defendable but I would have liked a few more,” Shaun Logan said.
After losing two early wickets, Dallas Hazel and Mitton put together a 40-run third wicket partnership before Hazel departed on 24 and the score was 3-48.
Mitton and Matt Tozer kept the runs flowing, moving Grenfell towards a total of triple figures, Tozer, though, lost his wicket on 24 as well.
Logan (four not out) and Mitton (36 not out) remained not out setting Bowling Club 101 for victory.
“Jock batted the whole way through, about 17 overs, and was not out. It was a good innings,” Logan said.
With the ball, Logan said his side had spoke about targeting the wickets of Ben Colby, Paul Basham and Lachlan Morrison, labeling the Bowling Club trio his side’s biggest threat.
The new-ball bowlers, Starr and Luke Murphy, removed all three in the opening overs, helping set up a successful defence of their side’s total.
“We knew we had three big wickets to get with the ball. Colby, Basham and their captain Lachlan Morrison,” Logan said.
“We had them out in the first six overs and it was pretty straight forward from there through the middle. We just bowled tight and put pressure on in the field.”
Some resistance was shown by the Bowling Club middle order with Alana Ryan (11), Dave Cupitt (16), Dave Hampton (17) and Matt Gault (24) recording double figures, but were unable to get their side past the winning total.
Starr returned to the attack and picked up the last two wickets, while pressure also led to run outs late in the innings.
Logan identified Mitton and Starr as his side’s best in the decider.
“Jock and Harrison were the standouts. We had a bus trip home it was pretty good,” Logan said.
“For us with the Twenty20 stuff nothing much changes. We go out and have a hit and either get rolled or get a heap of runs.”
Focus now turns to the return of the regular season.