THE disappointment of losing captain Jack Hutt to a broken ankle on Friday night eased yesterday when Cobden clinched its sixth South West Cricket colts premiership in seven seasons.
After restricting Terang to 145 in 35 overs, Cobden reached the victory target five wickets down with six overs to spare.
Cobden coach Glenn Cain said his players were delighted with the result, achieved without Hutt, who suffered the injury at football training and another leading batsman John Benallack, who was playing in a North Ballarat Rebels football practice match yesterday.It was Cobden’s third consecutive premiership with six of yesterday’s triumphant side having played in all three. Stand-in skipper Louis Cain, Trent Reed, Josh Hickey, Sam Clarke and Charlie Darcy, were last night celebrating a hat-trick of successes.“Out of the side today, about nine would have played last year,” Cain said. He said Cobden had lost only one game during the season, coincidentally against Terang.
But he said he was confident his players would triumph.
“We played really well in the semi-final and the boys took it upon themselves without their captain and stepped up,” he said.
The first-year coach said opener Jack Hammond, who made a career-high 44, top-scored for Cobden. Josh Hickey (38 not out) and Sam Giblett (23 not out, including three fours and one six) were important late in the innings.
Earlier Lewis Kew gave Terang hope of repeating its early-season win over Cobden when he produced a composed innings of 50 before having to retire.
Cobden had been able to restrict Terang after Louis Cain took 2-20 off six overs early in the innings.