The WCA T20 finals day had a wonderful finale when Turkey Red Greytown deservedly ran out winners over Flight Centre Lansdowne in the final match of the season.
A wonderful day at QE Park saw a generous crowd join in the proceedings. In the end Greytown were dominant throughout and lived up to their form shown in the preliminary rounds where they had dominated most of their opponents.
Greytown batted first and got out of the blocks rapidly. None of the Lansdowne bowlers were spared as they set about a 10 runs per over rate for the first 8 overs. The experienced Dave Mills (with 33) and the youthful Gordon Reisma (whose 27 came off 18 balls) ran aggressively to match their plethora of boundaries. When Reisma was dismissed with the score at 54 it only signalled the arrival of eventual top scorer Tim Lucas and more carnage.
It wasn’t until Jamie Holmes was introduced into the attack that some semblance of normality was brought into the proceedings. His spell of 4 overs for 16 (bowling leg spinners), which included the only maiden of the day, was truly remarkable and quite brilliant when considered in the context of the rest of the match. Lucas’s 62 was scored at a strike rate of 1.27 and with a mature contribution from captain Paul Lyttle (22) it was only a mini collapse at the end of the innings that saw a target of 170 set and a glimmer of hope for Lansdowne.
The Lansdowne hopes were soon squashed as they were reduced to 16 – 2 inside the first 3 overs. A promising revival from Matt Stringfellow and Robbie Spiers provided a threatening moment for the Greytown boys. But Daniel Haxton produced one of his better spells of the season to remove both of them – stumps shattered in all directions. His figures of 4 – 22 were well backed up by the reliable Brian James who finished with 3 – 16, as Lansdowne panicked, then muddled their way to a final dismissal of 80. Everyone wondered why the match finished so soon. Lansdowne only batted 13 overs.
This was a one sided final that was deservedly won by a team that played very good cricket throughout. As is customary in T20 cricket, there was plenty of entertainment for all.