AN unbeaten half century from skipper Cam Williams lifted Russells Creek to its maiden Warrnambool and District Cricket Association one-day premiership on Sunday.
Williams’ man of the match performance helped the Creekers score an eight-wicket win over West Warrnambool at Davidson Oval.
Russells Creek needed just 25 overs to reel in West Warrnambool’s 98-run tally with Williams (54 not out) and veteran opener Nathan Divall (31) leading the way.
Paceman Jimmy Elford was the pick of Creek’s bowlers with 3-18.
Williams said it was pleasing to deliver the Jetty Flat-based club its first top-grade division one flag.
Creek claimed its maiden twenty20 title last season and is still striving towards a breakthrough two-day premiership.
“It means a heap,” Williams said of the convincing win over West Warrnambool.
“Obviously being a part of a grand final you always want to walk away with some kind of silverware.
“We were lucky enough to take the chocolates today, so we’re absolutely stoked.”
Williams said restricting the Panthers to under 100 was the cornerstone of Creek’s success.
“I knew their top order was a massive key and they were missing a few of their boys so they were really reliant on Al Templeton, Ben Threlfall and also Jack Sutherland at the top of the order to get the job done,” he said.
“I thought our bowlers just bowled the right lines.”