The first weekend of the Grand Final in the Ballarat Cricket Association has been dominated by the ball.
East Ballarat won the toss and sent North Ballarat in to bat first, which paid dividends, North crumbling to be 5 for 47, after losing their first wicket on 15. They were then 9 for 79, before Ash McAfferty hit some quick late runs. Ash scored 34 from 28 balls, including 2 maximums. North were eventually bowled all out for 131.
In reply, East were 4 for 24 overnight. Former skipper, Brad Whittaker steadied the ship along with Jarrod Blandford, the pair adding 49 for the 5th wicket. Blandford went on to score 60, he was assisted by skipper Josh Brown, who scored 37. East were eventually all out for 140.
North then had 36 overs to bat for the remainder of the weekend, they lost two early wickets. Youngster Matt Zakynthinos and UK import, Conner Miles were able to see it through to stumps, Matt surviving 94 deliveries for 17 and Conner 84 deliveries for his 13, to possibly have North slightly ahead at the end of week one. Plenty of cricket to be played and this one could realistically go either way.
In the 2s, Golden Point will take on Mt Clear next week in their Grand Final. Both having strong wins on the weekend.
Golden Point batted first and scored a solid 274, Josh Pegg top scored with 61, Benny Harris chipping in also with 55. In reply East didn’t’ fire a shot, all out for just 48! Matt Swards taking 7 for 20, to go with his 6 wickets in the Elimination Final. Mt Clear chased 199 set by Dunnstown, with power hitter, Curtis Townrow smashing 105 from just 99 deliveries.
In the 3s, Golden Point will play Buninyong. Golden Point ended up being much too strong for Wendouree White. Golden Point scored 168, rallying late, at one stage they were 9 for 119. In reply, Wendouree were never in the hunt falling for 86 – Former President, Mark Van de heuval taking 3 for 11, to go with 32 not out. At White Flat, Buninyong just got there against East Ballarat. East posted a very good 268, however, led by Joel Kitchen, Buninyong got there late. Kitchen scoring a match winning 125.
In the One Day A Grade, it’ll be a rematch of last year’s Grand Final, between Burrumbeet & Ballarat Fire brigade. Burrumbeet will be seeking to make up for the heart breaking last ball loss from last year. They were too good for Mt Clear. Batting first Mt Clear scored 113, which was never enough for the strong Burrumbeet, who scored the runs in the 20th over. Ballarat Fire brigade were too strong for Lucas. Batting first they put on 230, in reply, Lucas were all out for 130 from 33 overs.
In the One Day B Grade, VRI will play East Ballarat. East Ballarat were too good for Burrumbeet, led by Brad Dejong, who fell just short of a century on 96. VRI scored a massive 311, which was too many for Newlyn, who fell short with 223.
Ballarat Redan were successful in both the Under 17s and Under 15 premierships. That’s 7 in a row for Ballarat Redan in the Under 14s, which is now the Under 15s. Brown Hill won the Under 15 2nd XI. In the Under 13s – Coronet City just pipped Naps Sebas in the Spratling competition and Golden Point were the victors in the Hollioake competition over East Ballarat.
One more week of cricket remaining, with it likely we’ll have a number of different clubs with Premierships across all of the grades.