Noorat steams way to fairytale win

STEAMROLLERS: Noorat claimed the division three premiership, perfectly capping a rapid rise from wooden spooners last summer.
STEAMROLLERS: Noorat claimed the division three premiership, perfectly capping a rapid rise from wooden spooners last summer.

JUST 12 months ago, Noorat was South West Cricket’s division three wooden spooner.

But on Saturday, the rapid risers put the ultimate exclamation mark on their turnaround with a premiership win over Terang at D.C. Farran Oval.

Captain Aaron Carlin said the transformation was a credit to everyone at the club.

“It’s a great reward – there’s only 12 people that got medals, but it’s a win for everyone around the club, from the bloke who moves the sprinklers through to the 11th batsman,” he said.

“Last year, div three only won one game and div one wasn’t much chop either. Some of us put in some effort over the winter (to turn things around).”

On Saturday, Noorat restricted Terang to 113, with Jason Harlock snaring 4-13. He went on to make 23 with the bat in a powerful all-round performance.

The top team of the regular season made a good start to its chase, but had struggles through the middle order, before Dom Kenna and Simon Densley got things back on track, making the last 30-odd runs to guide their team to victory.

Carlin thanked division one captain Gus Bourke, who was on hand to offer advice and assistance for the division three players.