Waratahs and Orange City both claimed two Orange District Junior Cricket Association titles this summer, exemplifying the two clubs’ dominance throughout 2016-17.
Waratahs won the under-11 and under-16 titles – the latter side led by ODJCA player of the year Harry Pearce – while the Orange City Warriors won the under 14s and Orange City Bradmans scored a stunning, dominant victory in the under-12 decider.
CYMS Green claimed the other title on offer, in under 13s.
In the Bradmans’ win, the greens chased down Kinross’ total of 3-101 with nine wickets in hand.
Incredibly, the Bradmans only won two other games during the entire season, one of those was the preliminary final.
The under-12 and under-13 competitions were combined into a 10-team tournament this summer, before splitting back into the two age groups for finals.
The Bradmans went through the opening 12 rounds without a win before downing Cavaliers in the final round game of the summer.
They trumped the maroons again in the preliminary final to meet Kinross in the decider and scored an unlikely third consecutive victory to win that and claim a fairytale premiership.
All three of the wickets Kinross lost in the decider were run outs, Hugh Thompson (15 not out) top scored as the students compiled 3-101.
Mitch Cook (29 not out, retired) was Orange City’s best in the chase.
In the under-14 fixture man-of-the-match Harry McGregor led the Warriors to a win with an inspirational bowling peformance.
He snared 2-0 from his six overs, all maidens, to help the Warriors skittle Kinross for 59, after compiling 69 themselves.
The under-11 grand final was an absolute thriller.
Hayden Griffith’s 20 helped Waratahs to a total of 87 from 19 overs, before CYMS Green fell agonisingly close in the chase, losing by just two runs.
Harry Greenhalgh (2-5) and Hamish Blair (2-4) both took multiple scalps as the sky blues restricted CYMS to 8-85 in reply, the green and golds falling within one lusty blow of victory.
CYMS’ under-13 side claimed its title relatively comfortably, coming from third to claim the trophy.
Ethan Mackay snared 4-3 to help restrict Waratahs to 9-73 from its 28 overs, before CYMS chased it down with four wickets and as many overs in hand.
Jack Brakenridge (2-11) did everything he could with the ball to inspire his Waratahs side but thanks to Sam Williams (14), Saxon Jordan (13 not out) and 27 extras CYMS made it home reasonably easily.
As he did all season Pearce starred for Waratahs in the grand final. The win completed the side’s undefeated season.
Pearce blasted 50 not out (retired) to help the sky blues to 107 from 28 overs. Joey Kay was the next best with 20.
Cam Laird (4-20) and Alex Wiegold (3-20) both bowled superbly for Cavaliers, but it proved to be in vain after the maroons were rolled for 86.
Pearce took 1-18, Lachlan Griffith (2-13) and Hayden Streatfield (2-18) were Waratahs’ best with the ball.