Bowlers set up Killarney B grade victory

PREMIERS: Killarney defeated Wangoom to claim the Grassmere Cricket Association B grade premiership on Saturday. Picture: Vicki Malone
PREMIERS: Killarney defeated Wangoom to claim the Grassmere Cricket Association B grade premiership on Saturday. Picture: Vicki Malone

A SCINTILLATING bowling effort put the foundations in place for Killarney’s Grassmere Cricket Association B grade grand final win on Saturday.

Man-of-the-match Chris Wright led the way, snaring 3-11 off eight overs, including four maidens, while Jamie Walker also picked up a quick 3-2 off 1.4 overs towards the end of play as the Crabs bowled Wangoom out for 88, before going on to chase down the runs in 26 overs.

Killarney captain Brett Sanderson said he “couldn’t be happier” with the team’s performance.

“Our bowling and our fielding has been our strength all year,” he said.

“We sort of backed that up from last week, we bowled Panmure out last week for 78. To bowl them out for those cheap amounts and then for our batsmen just to go in and bat, and bat as they can, was really good.”

MAN OF THE MATCH: Killarney's Chris Wright. Picture: Vicki Malone

MAN OF THE MATCH: Killarney's Chris Wright. Picture: Vicki Malone

Opener Jamie Poumako top-scored for the Crabs with a knock of 23.

Sanderson said the club’s three premiership wins also had extra meaning for the players.

“For a lot of these guys here, we’re missing one integral part of our team and our club, Peter Hickey,” he said.

“He’s been a real stalwart for our club, he’s heart-and-soul. He couldn’t be here this weekend, he’s up in Ballarat for a wedding, and he’s really struggling with his back, he’s had a back operation.

“I was keeping him updated all day with the phone, he was getting nervous and that.

“I think everyone today, and even yesterday that’s won, they’ve done it for him.”