GRASSMERE Cricket Association powerhouse Panmure Bulldogs added another trophy to their bulging cabinet yesterday.
The Bulldogs’ five-wicket win against Killarney erased memories of their narrow one-run loss to the Crabs in the GCA 2011-12 one-day final.
Chasing 154, the Bulldogs yesterday edged home with one over to spare. Middle-order bats Daniel Meade (20 runs) and Tim Condin (nine) were at the crease.
Victorious skipper Nathan Shand said Meade hit a six and Condin a four in the dying stages of the final to steer the Bulldogs home.
Shand praised opener Sean James (41) and player of the match James McKinnon (63), who combined for a 71-run second-wicket stand, for their roles in the win.
“They played every ball on its merit,” he said.
“They (Killarney) bowled tight line and we waited for them to bowl a bad ball and put them away.
“We knew if we batted at our best and in partnerships we could chase it down but in saying that you have to do it.”
Shand said while the two-day prize was what all clubs aspired to, the one-day title was an honour.
“It means a bit to the boys,” he said.
“Winning games before Christmas sets up your two-day campaign.
“One-dayers are a bit of a bonus.
“It was a really good game of cricket.”
The 40-over game was reduced to 38 due to a downpour which postponed the start time at Purnim Recreation Reserve by about 10 minutes. Killarney made 6-154 off its 38 overs, with Crabs’ quartet Brendan Chatfield (40 not out), Gary Vanstone (33), Daniel Jones (22) and Jamie Hore (18) the main run-makers.
Vanstone and Chatfield put on 56 runs for the sixth wicket.
Simon Bourke (2-16) and Shand (2-22) did the damage with the ball for the Bulldogs.
“We bowled very well until the last 10 overs,” Shand said.
“Simon Bourke, Sam Mahony and James McKinnon bowled well and took pace off the ball.”
Panmure was on track in reply at 2-83 with 12 overs remaining. It lost three more wickets but Meade’s six in the third-last over was timely.
Jones (3-25) was the Crabs’ only multiple wicket-taker.