Central get hat-trick
Sunday, 8th March, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
For the third straight year, Central have been crowned A-grade cricket champions with a 124 run win over North on Saturday afternoon at The Jube.
Posting a respectable target of 199 off their 45 overs, which included a valiant 90 scored by Justin Heath, Central’s bowling attack had no trouble in breaking down North and moving down the order.
North’s last five wickets fell for 13 runs as Scott Shephard recorded 5/13 which included four of the last five wickets.
North won the toss and elected to field which saw Cam Wells and Justin Heath opening the batting for Central.
The pair put on a handy 30 runs before North’s Tobias Hack dismissed Wells for 12.
When Jarred Paull joined Heath at the crease, Central were 3/68 and half-way through their innings.
Paull and Heath proceed to find the gaps and score the runs which resulted in an 82 run partnership.
A good ball from Kieran McEvoy and a solid catch from Brendan Martin broke the partnership and it was now 4/150.
After reaching a hard-earned half-century, Heath had his eye-in and started to play more aggressively.
Teammate and club president Cam Wells was full of praise to the top-scoring batsmen.
“He batted really, really well,” he said.
“To score 90 in a grand final is a great effort.”
Shot of the day went to Paul Gauci, with the Central wicket-keeper tonking an almighty six, the only six for the entire afternoon.
Search parties are still being organised to find the ball.
As the final over arrived, Heath was in need of ten runs to make the century.
However, a perilous swing allowed Hack to beat the in-form batsmen and take off the bails.
Soon after Heath fell, it was lunch with Central finishing 7/199 and leaving North with a lot to do.
North’s innings didn’t start as well as they planned with Central’s Brett Hannon bowling Lachlan Harvey for two runs in the opening over.
From there it was always going to be tough for North to mount an offensive run chase with batters falling at a consistent rate.
“We knew if we could get the early wickets we could put the pressure on them (North).” Wells said.
Only four North batsmen made it to double digits with Chase Johnson the top scorer with 15.
Johnson and Cohen Sweet’s 22 run partnership was broken by James Hale and it was 4/53 when Tobias Hack made it to the crease.
Having scored 126, teaming up with tailender Nathan Webb for a 106 run partnership and saving North from Preliminary final defeat last week, Hack was no stranger to game-saving efforts.
Enter Scott Shephard.
Shephard had already taken the wicket of Johnson early on but as the tail-end appeared, he set to work.
Shephard’s excellent leg-spin bowling saw the wickets fall and Central’s grasp on the premiership shield grow tighter and tighter.
“He’s been bowling really well and got the wicket’s he deserved.” Wells said.
North’s last five wickets fell for 13 runs as Shephard cleaned up the tail.
Having scored a commendable 90 with the bat, Heath wasn’t finished providing the action.
A one-handed, diving “KFC Classic Catch” at cover saw Kieran McEvoy gone for naught and one wicket remain.
When Shephard bowled Brendan Martin it was all over and Central were the back-to-back-to-back A-grade champions.
Central were the front-runners throughout the season and will now look to make it a four when the next season commences.
C Wellscaught Tidball bowled Hack12
J Heathbowled Hack90
J Carrettcaught and bowled Howard0
K Hywoodcaught Garrick bowled Johnson22
J Paullcaught Martin bowled McEvoy33
S Shephardlbw Codie Howard1
P Gaucibowled Howard8
B Hannonnot out3
P Rosenbaumnot out4
L Harveybowled Hannon2
S Mateerlbw Paull12
C Howardbowled O’Mally13
C Johnsoncaught Hywood bowled Shephard15
C Sweetcaught Rosenbaum bowled Hale11
T Hackcaught and bowled Shephard8
M Garrickbowled Shephard0
J Vellastumped Gauci bowled Hale1
B Martinbowled Shephard3
K McEvoycaught Heath bowled Shephard