Dogs win flag
Wednesday, 5th March, 2014
By Darrin Manuel
North has scored its second flag in as many years in under 17 cricket with a big win over West in Monday night’s grand final.
The Bulldogs would have entered the game full of confidence after belting the Robins by 173 runs in the final minor round, however West had prevailed in their previous encounter by a tidy 99 runs.
With the scene set for an intriguing finale, the Dogs batted first and made a shaky start.
Nash Mitchell, Jackson Ruddock and Declan Henderson all made quick exits, and within five overs North were 3/11 and in dire need of a steadying hand.
Enter Judd Carpenter.
The talented all-rounder settled in with Dakoda Hocking, and the pair put on a much-needed 66-run stand before Hocking departed for 7.
Lachlan Harvey then joined Carpenter at the crease for a 53-run partnership, and by the time he departed on 23 the Bulldogs had steadied the ship to be 5/130 with six overs to come.
Carpenter was finally dismissed for 78 after spending 66 minutes at the crease, but the damage had been done and North finished on 161 from their 30 overs.
The Robins’ run chase began after a short break, but looked unconvincing from the outset.
Harvey and Mitchell terrorised the Robins’ top order, claiming the wickets of the top six batsmen in the first ten overs to leave West reeling at 6/32.
Paddric Attard set about the task of salvaging his team’s innings, and received good support from Liam McKee.
The duo’s 38-run stand had the potential to turn the tide for the Robins, but when McKee was dismissed via a run out in the 22nd over, West’s chances all but dissipated.
The Robins lost their final wickets within three overs to finish on 85 runs from 23 overs, handing North back to back premierships.
North 6/161 (Judd Carpenter 78 with ten fours, Lachlan Harvey 23, Riley Crampton 17 not out; Angus Schindler 3/29) defeated West 85 (23 overs) (Paddric Attard 20 not out; Lachlan Harvey 5/17, Nash Mitchell 4/14) by 76 runs.