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Magpies' perfect season ends in premiership

Monday, 10th March, 2014

North batsman Brett Johnson was cleaned up by Central paceman Jason Morrison. PICTURE: Ethan James North batsman Brett Johnson was cleaned up by Central paceman Jason Morrison. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Ethan James

Central have gone through the 2013/14 season undefeated to claim back-to-back Barrier District Cricket League titles.

Heavy favourites leading into the final, the Central top order put their stamp on the game by posting an impressive total of 273 from their 50 overs.

The total proved too much for a gallant North eleven, who were bowled out 140 runs short.

The match wasn’t without a touch of drama either.

Central captain Jarred Paull and opposition batsmen Shayne Staker had a colourful exchange on the field during North’s innings.

Staker was seemingly run out but was then called back to the crease by the umpires.

An official told the BDT that the dispute was over the positioning of Paull in the field.

“You are allowed to walk in with the bowler but you can’t walk in sideways and change your position on the field which is why it was given not out,” the official said.

However, Paull said that there were no ill-feelings from the incident.

“I was a bit light headed from my innings and was wavering a bit in the field... but It’s all sorted and we’ll buy each other a beer afterwards.”

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Paull starred with the willow for his side and notched a century that featured five fours and four sixes.

However, it almost came unstuck on 99, with Paull dropped by North’s Jordan Vella.

But Jason Morrison was the undoubted star for Central.

The bustling all-rounder scored a half century and then took five wickets with the ball.

It was the second title for Central this season after they also claimed the 20/20 title, with a 60-run win over West.

In a year where the club has employed a notable ‘rotation policy’, Paull said the team’s depth was the key to its success.

“I’d like to give a particular mention to all the juniors and youngsters who have played throughout the year... and to those who came down to the ground,” he said.

North captain Tobias Hack said that while his team weren’t at their best on the big day, he was proud of their late season surge into the final from third spot at the end of the regular rounds.

“Just making the grand final... I think a lot of people didn’t expect us to be here,” he said.

“I think the return of Shayne Staker was a turning point.

“But perhaps we played our final last week (in the preliminary win over West) in some respects.”

Hack said the future was bright for the club, with North also blooding a number of youngsters throughout the season.

“Lachlan Harvey is a big up and comer while Judd Carpenter and Nash Mitchell will also hopefully play lots of cricket over the next few years,” Hack said.

And the club’s future looks bright with their Under 17 side claiming the premiership last week.

The BDCL presentation evening will be held on April 7 at the Demo Club.

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