NIRRANDA captain Steve Castle says the Knights’ ability to grind out a victory on a tough wicket will give the youth-laden Warrnambool and District Cricket Association side confidence.
Teenager Jordan Rundle scored the winning runs against Dennington with three balls to spare on Saturday.
Castle labelled the two-wicket win “nail-biting” and praised both sides’ batsmen for adjusting to the tricky conditions, given the inclement weather.
“The boys did really well to get us across the line,” the first-year captain said.
“Dennington batted really well last week considering the pitch and had guys who dug in hard to protect their wickets and we had guys do the same today.
“It wasn’t an easy wicket to score on. We had to scratch it out.”
The Dogs were defending 134.
A steady Corey Couch 34 highlighted the Knights’ even spread in their run chase, which finished at 8-137.
Openers Damon Cooper (24) and Chris Haberfield (21) also played important roles.
“One of our players from last week was out injured,” Castle said.
“Craig Sargeant wasn’t able to play so we only had nine wickets to play with today.”