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Dogs make it a dynasty

Wednesday, 10th March, 2021

North celebrate a wicket. PICTURE: Emily McInerney North celebrate a wicket. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Dont Mind That

North 8/173 (Howard 69, Tidball 20, Rhodes 3/30) defeated Central 100 all out (Smith 24, Johnson 4/23, Vella 3/32) by 73 runs.

North have made it a fourth consecutive BDCL A Grade Premiership with a commanding 73 run win over Central at the Alma Oval on Saturday afternoon.

With the weather sitting at a beautiful 29 degrees with a slight breeze blowing, the crowds flocked to the south of town to witness another clash between two great clubs. To see the numbers in their hundreds for local cricket was outstanding.

Captain Hack had his first win for the day when he won the toss and elected to have a bat on a nice looking deck that looked like it would flatten out as the day went on.

Tommy Carruthers and selection bolter Shayne Staker walked out to open the batting to a rousing reception from the massive North contingent next to the change rooms. 

The boys got us off to a solid start with both showing a calm head to get us to 40 before losing our first wicket when Staker was caught at midwicket for 14. 

This partnership also included the rare sight of Carruthers being bowled twice in two balls and not dismissed from either. 

The first being a no ball, the second a free hit which also cannoned into the stumps and then proceeded to go for four byes. 

Cricket is a strange game sometimes. Tommy was dismissed for a third time on 18, and this one counted with the score at 2/56 in the 19th over.

Josh Savage came to the wicket which may have been a surprise to the opposition, and he played a supporting role to Howard who was starting to see them like beach balls in the middle. Savage (2) was dismissed in the 25th over and Tidball strolled to the wicket. 

The two nuggetty right handers then put their heads down and got to work. 

Tidball rotating the strike to keep Howard on strike as he began to accelerate his scoring. 

There were scenes reminiscent of Gilchrist at the WACA as Howard took Mateer’s off spinners for three giant consecutive sixes in the 30th over which really got the Blue & White army out of their seats.

The acceleration continued as Howard & Tidball combined to hit 4 more boundaries off another over 3 overs later, and a big score was on the cards.

Unfortunately, Tidball (20 off 28) was run out in a mix up & Howard (69 off 74) dismissed the over later, but the two little fellas had combined to put on a 67 run stand to have North in a great position at 5 for 144 with 6 overs still in the bank. 

Tidballs innings was exactly what the team needed at the time and showed his understanding of his role in the team, something which has been spoken about all year. It was a great knock under considerable attention from opposition players and supporters which showed great ticker.

Howard’s 69 goes along with great knocks in his two previous grand finals to show his class as a big game player, and this one was perhaps the most entertaining with an array of boundaries making him a crowd favourite once again.

Sheldon Hall came and went without troubling the scorers, before small contributions from Hack (12), Vella (4), Johnson (7*) and Wilson (2*) guided North to an intimidating tally of 8 for 173 from the full 40 overs. Pick of the Central bowlers were Rhodes with 3 for 30 from his 8 overs. 25 extras also helped the score along.

The Doggies came out to field full of energy and excitement and after a big firing up from the skipper in front of the Blue & White army.

It would be Davey (1/18) & Howard (1/16) to open the bowling as it had been all year and the wickets would not be far away if their late season form was anything to go by.

Howard struck first when a skidding ball had the dangerous Rhodes LBW for just 7, followed by Davey bowling Pettitt for 2 & the Pies were in trouble early at 2 for 11. 

Hack decided to make the switch to the big man in Chase Johnson who loves nothing more than bowling fast in front of a big crowd. He struck with immediate success when he bowled opposite number Maalste, and then followed up with the massive wicket of Jarred Paull for a duck when Hack took a ripping catch coming forward to a dying ball. 

Things weren’t about to improve for Central when Vella took an absolute hanger at short widwicket off the bowling of Savage (1/8) to have Heath on his way to some wild scenes in the middle of the Alma Oval. 

It was 5 for 22 after 10 overs and a chant of “You Dogs” rang out true from the crowd.

A couple of frustrating partnerships then slowed down proceedings, firstly from Smith & Jenkinson, and then from Mateer & Elvery. 

Smith was dismissed with a brilliant boundary line catch from Carruthers, before Jenkinson & Mateer both had their stumps rattled by Vella (3/30). 

The final drinks break came with Central at 8 for 100, North needing just 2 wickets to get the party started. Drinks were taken right in front of the supporters who had found full voice after a couple of ales during the course of the day.

Johnson returned after the break and with his first ball, clean bowled Elvery. Three balls later he did the same to O’Malley to finish with figures of 4 for 23 and hand a fourth straight premiership to the North Cricket Club. This makes it the first North team to win four Premierships in a row since the team that won 5 straight between 1964-1969.

A brilliant all round performance from the boys in a season that brought a lot of joy to people returning to team sport after the trials of COVID.

A big thank you must go to the BDCL for its management of the season, and to all of our sponsors including the Musicians Club, DMDJ Constructions, K&J Martin Earthmoving & Tri State Technology for supporting us throughout the year considering the struggles all businesses have had during this period. Please support these local businesses when you can!

As for the club and the playing group itself, a lot of people have noted over the weekend that they had never seen the club in a better position and the leaders of the club should be applauded for that. 

Time will be taken now to reflect on a great season and a historic Fourth straight premiership, but the 2021/22 season is already in the eyes of the players chasing a record equalling fifth straight flag. 

It has been a pleasure to bring these reports to all readers over the past few months and to see it reach to all parts of Australia, while ensuring that cricket is still given a fair representation within the region in comparison to other sports. 

The support given to the club has improved again since we took on the features of Frogbox live streaming and given how late in the season this began we are excited to see it really take off next season. 

Thanks to all, see you next season. Go you mighty Doggies.

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