|The West Wimmera Warriors added another trophy to their collection with a comprehensive win in the B grade One Day grand final over Homers on the Horsham City Oval on Sunday.
This title comes after both the B and C grade teams won their respective Twenty20 grand finals earlier this year.
The Warriors’ batted first and their openers started slowly with just 16 runs on the board after seven overs, but it was not long before Nathan Alexander and Mitch Dahlenburg picked up the pace.
When Dahlenburg was the first Warrior to fall in the 24th over for a well-made 40, they had taken the team total past the century to 111.
Ben Pollock came in and continued where Dahlenburg left off and contributed to an 87 run partnership before Alexander was the next to be dismissed, but not before he had made triple figures with 113.
In the race for quick runs to finish the innings, Pollock was dismissed for 40 and Josh Cramer made an entertaining 20. Dylan Webb finished unbeaten on 6 and the team had set the challenging total of 229 for Homers to better if they were to claim the title.
Homers’ started their run chase with determination, but their flamboyant batting came with increased risk and it was opening bowler Josh Lees who took the first wicket in just his second over.
A twenty-two run partnership for the second wicket, which proved to be their most productive, was broken by Tim Braendler when he took the first of his two wickets for the game in the eighth over of the innings.
Three wickets falling with their score in the forties dramatically slowed Homers’ scoring rate from which they never recovered. Another partnership of twenty runs for the sixth wicket was the only significant resistance as wickets fell regularly and the innings finished on 89.
All players called upon to bowl contributed with Braendler taking a second wicket, Cramer dismissing two of Homers’ top-order batsmen and Liam Preston collecting two wickets late in the innings. Lees, Nathan Alexander and Jordan Gurry all took one wicket each.
The tight bowling was backed up with some energetic fielding and confident catching.
A century with the bat, a wicket with the ball and a catch made the decision to award the Player of the Match medal to Nathan Alexander an easy one.
The focus for the club will now move to the B grade two-day finals and C grade competition finals which begin in two weeks with both West Wimmera teams already qualified for the semi-finals.
Horsham Cricket Association - B Grade - One Day Grand Final
West Wimmera Warriors won by 140 runs
West Wimmera Warriors
|N Alexander||ct. W Drummond ||b. A Hopper ||113|
|M Dahlemburg ||ct. T Hopper||b. B Burke||40|
|B Pollock||st. T Hopper||b. A Hopper||40|
|D Webb||not out|| ||6|
|J Cramer||ct. J Egan||b. J Officer||20|
|L Smith||not out|| ||0|
|Sundries|| || ||11|
|TOTAL|| ||4 for 229|
| || O || M || R || W |
|J Egan ||8||2||32||0|
|B Hallam|| ||b. T Braendler||20|
|B Hopper||ct. N Alexander ||b. J Lees||5|
|B Schmidt||lbw||b. J Cramer||8|
|A Hopper||ct. L Preston||b. J Cramer||3|
| B Norton||ct. J Cramer||b. J Gurry||15|
|T Hopper||ct. & ||b. T Braendler||1|
|D Johns|| ||b. N Alexander ||3|
|B Bourke||run out|| ||0|
|J Egan||lbw||b. L Preston||2|
|W Drummond ||st. Dahlenburg||b. L Preston||17|
|J Officer||not out|| ||0|
|Sundries|| || ||15|
West Wimmera Warriors Bowling
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