Brierly Bulls win first Warrnambool and District Cricket Association under 17 premiership in a decade

AN Isaac Frusher boundary delivered Brierly Christ-Church’s first Warrnambool and District Cricket Association under 17s premiership in a decade on Sunday.

The Bulls’ five-wicket win over Woodford at Reid Oval came after a gritty bowling display restricted the Eels to 114.

Man of the match, Victorian representative Campbell Love, scored 66 in reply to lift the Bulls to victory.

Brierly-Christ Church coach Lachi Rooke said he was rapt with the Bulls’ efforts.

“I am ridiculously proud of the team,” he said.

“We got done against Woodford last year in the grand final so to come back and then put on a performance on the board is really a special moment.”

Captain Jacob Brooks said it was an exciting moment when Frusher scored the winning runs.

“He slapped it over mid-wicket for four which was pretty handy,” he said.

Brooks was pleased with the Bulls’ tight bowling which gave them the upper hand.

“They’ve been making close to 200 nearly every game,” he said.

“(But) we knew we had the bowlers to do it, so we’ve done well.”

A Tom Lane caught-and-bowled-effort sent Koroit into celebration mode as the Saints made it back-to-back Warrnambool and District under 13 flags.

Koroit coach David Bell said it was a nerve-racking finish against Merrivale at Mack Oval.

“It was a good game – the first 24 overs it was (us) 1-84 and they were 0-84 and it was going to come down to who had the best middle order,” he said. “They ripped through us pretty good but we hung on. Credit to Merrivale, they’ve got a few who can still play under 11s next season too.”

Tiger Hugh Fleming was player of the match.

A Paddy Baker-inspired Bookaar is celebrating victory in the South West Cricket under 16 grand final.

Off-spinner Baker, 13, took 5-4 in the 100-run win against Terang at Camperdown on Sunday.

“I haven’t been bowling that well all year so it was good to do it when it matters,” he said of his match-winning spell.

Bookaar made 141 and knocked Terang over for 41, pleasing coach William Rowbottom.

“It’s been about eight years since we last played in an under 16 grand final and the boys will have it with them for the rest of their lives,” he said.

Camperdown’s Harry Sumner was named colts cricketer of the year and won the batting awards, while Camperdown’s Toby Fleming and Cobden’s Tanner Fratantaro shared the bowling aggregate.