Dragons Win 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade Premierships
2nd grade covered themselves in Premiership glory with an eight wicket win over Midland-Guildford at Cresswell Park.
The Black Ducks won the toss and chose to bat but the Dragons started brightly, with wickets for Oliver Arkinstall and Vidit Vashisht to go with an Ethan Smith run-out reducing them to 3 for 16.
A 45 run fourth wicket stand hinted at a recovery, but an outstanding team bowling and fielding effort limited them to just 109 in 80.1 overs.
Bad balls were hardly bowled with captain Nic Geisler (2/7 from 14 overs), Vashisht (2/17 from 14.1 overs), Brock Larance (2/35 from 23 overs), and Arkinstall (1/25 from 19 overs) all giving nothing away, with three run-outs telling the tale of the pressure built.
The Dragons needed to negotiate seven overs on Saturday afternoon before stumps but couldn’t get through unscathed, with Ethan Smith departing for a duck in the second over before David Cameron and Larance saw the day out.
On Sunday morning, Larance went beserk, smacking six boundaries and two sixes in a gamebreaking innings of 61 from 38 deliveries.
An unbroken 41 run stand between Amrit Singh (32* from 50 balls) and David Cameron (18* from 75 balls) got the job done, with Singh smashing the ball to the midwicket boundary to seal the deal.
Larance received player of the match honours for an outstanding all-round effort.
3rd grade brought the flag home with a 54 run win over Wanneroo at Abbett Park.
Chris Lagana won the toss and chose to bat, with a slow wicket and outfield meaning a score of 8 for 185 from 80 overs was more competitive than it appeared.
The in-form Brennan Wilson led from the front with an outstanding 82 from 143 deliveries, with Declan Crowder (32 from 137 balls) and Ellis Cassidy (30 from 81 balls) grinding hard.
In the second innings, the Dragons fed on some boisterous support to produce a brilliant bowling effort, restricting the Roos to 131 in 59.3 overs.
Crowder (5/21 from 9.3 overs) ran through the lower order after seamers Ellis Cassidy (2/17 from 10 overs), Zac Blazevich (1/21 from 8 overs), James Scott (1/23 from 7 overs), Stewart Hepburn (1/26 from 9 overs) put the work in upfront.
Wilson was named player of the match, with his score going alongside 75 in the semi final and 94 in the elimination final.