IN a rain-affected grand final at Richmond last Saturday, Molesworth I went down to Rokeby by six wickets. Rokeby won the toss and sent Molesworth into bat and the underdogs were going well at 3 for 85 with opener Dean King and Bradley Coppleman looking good - the pair putting on a 52-run stand. After King was out for 27, Coppleman and Mathew Siely then got the score to 123 before Siely was out caught for 17. Fifteen runs later and Coppleman was out for an even 50 with Molesworth 5 for 138. Things slipped from here on in for Molesworth, losing their next five wickets for just 38 runs, Nathan Eiszele 18 runs, Brad Ransley 14 and Chris Slater 11 not out all tried hard, the team finishing 10-176 off 44.4 overs.
With time lost due to rain during both innings, Rokeby's target was reduced to 145 off 41 overs. The favourites were soon in trouble with four wickets down with just 60-odd runs on the board, but from here they weren't troubled finishing 4-145 off 33 overs. Dean King used his grand final experience and fire, finishing with 3-40 off 8. Chris Slater took the other wicket 1-30 off 4.
The Molesworth army tried hard all day, but it just wasn't to be. The guys should hold their heads high - with the young and talented boys in the team playing alongside the experienced players, I'm sure Molesworth will be right up there again next season. Well done.
In the 4th Grade grand final it was similar news, with a gallant Bushy Park going down to the MacKillop Beltas by six runs. Bushy with just the one wicket in hand and needing a six to win off the final delivery, couldn't quite get over the line. Young Nathan Grant swung the bat, but missed. This was a gallant effort by the Bushy Park team who should hold their heads very high.
MacKillop won the toss and elected to bat, making the good score of 10 for 219 off 47.5 overs. Dylan Grant was the main wicket taker with three wickets while Mitch Crosswell and Nick Fenton snared two each. Troy Smith and Danny Mason also got a wicket each. In reply Bushy lost their first wicket at 12 when opener Troy Smith went for 9. It was then left to fellow opener and captain Shaun Fenton to build the innings and build it he did, making a superb captain's knock of 90. This was just what his team needed in a grand final.
Fenton shared a 37-run stand with Mitch Croswell and then an 87-run partnership with Damien Madden who supported his captain very well making 22. When the captain was out, Bushy were 3 for 136. Three more wickets fell for just nine runs, leaving the underdogs 6 for 147 and in trouble. The Bushy Park tail then began to wag with Nick Fenton scoring 20 runs, Dylan Grant 13. Then Jason Croswell 14 not out and batting with Nathan Grant 8 not out, did very well going ever so close to what would have been a famous victory.
With Bushy finishing 9 for 214 off its 50 overs, it just wasn't to be and this was the second grand final loss in a row for the brave Bushy Park team, which I'm sure was a very hard pill to swallow. This team has proved it can be very competitive season after season and will bounce back for yet another shot at the grand final in 2013-14.
2nd Grade Grand Final Results
Rokeby 4 for 145 off 33 overs (14 extras) d Molesworth 10 for 176 off 44.4 overs (18 extras) at Richmond. Molesworth batting: Brad Coppleman 50 (six 4s), Dean King 27 (three 4s), Ricky Martin 18 (two 4s, one 6), Nathan Eiszele 18 (one 4), Mathew Siely 17 (one 4), Brad Ransley 14, Chris Slater 11no. Molesworth bowling: Dean King 3-40 (8), Chris Slater 1 for 30 (4), Ricky Martin 0-24 (9), Nathan Eiszele 0-38 (9), Brad Coppleman 0-9 (3).
4th Grade Grand Final Results
MacKillop Beltas 10 for 219 off 47.5 overs ( 16 extras) d Bushy Park 9 for 214 off 50 overs ( 21 extras) at Cambridge. Bushy Park batting: Shaun Fenton 90, Damien Madden 22, Nick Fenton 20, Jason Crosswell 14 not out, Dylan Grant 13, Nathan Grant 8no. Bushy Park bowling: Dylan Grant 3-52 (10), Mitchell Crosswell 2-33 (9), Nick Fenton 2-45 (10), Troy Smith 1-36 (7.5), Danny Mason 1-36 (5).
Other SCA Grand Final Results
FIRST GRADE: Wellington 9 for 226 off 50 overs (10 extras) d St Annes 10 for 102 off 28.4 overs (7 extras) at Eady Street.
THIRD GRADE: Campania 9 for 214 off 50 overs (33 extras) d Wellington 10 for 196 off 46.3 overs (23 extras) at Cadbury's No. 1.
FIFTH GRADE: Wellington 2 for 108 off 34.3 overs (20 extras) d Richmond/Cambridge 10 for 103 off 42 overs (21 extras) at Sorell No.1.
SIXTH GRADE: Dynnyrne 10 for 137 off 48.3 overs (31 extras) d Runnymede 10 for 91 off 33.2 overs (30 extras) at Campania.