A powerful Trevs Sports Lansdowne team overcame a plucky Kuranui College in the final of the Open Grade T20 competition played at QE Park.
Lansdowne had some well performed cricketers among their numbers, but they did not have all things go their way in what was predicted to be a one sided affair.
Bowling first, the Kuranui boys showed plenty of skill and aggression as they set about getting into the Lansdowne batting lineup.
Herbert, James, Goldsworthy and Jefferies all failed to score at better than a strike rate of 100 and none got more than 20. After nearly 16 overs with the score at 82 – 5 a massive upset looked to be on the cards. It was only the entry of Nathan Robinson into the fray that the match was swung towards the Lansdowne side. His 58 off just 18 balls (7 fours and 3 sixes) stole the match at a vital stage. He was ably backed up by A. Rogers who produced a run a ball 20. Tony Russo, Jayden Carter, Nathan Kapene and D Togood all bowled impressively with Togood returning the impressive figures of 0-14 from his 4 overs.
153 did not look totally beyond the Kuranui boys, but they struggled to establish the partnerships required at the start of the innings. Luke Dingle batted very well to top score with 33 (at 103%). Darren Dingle came in with the score at 52-4 and batted through to the end, but he failed to find a reliable partner to stay with him. The experience of Chris Jefferies (1 – 18 off 4 overs), Robin James (1 – 8 off 3 overs) was well backed up by Q Henderson (3 – 20) and Richard Matthews (2-21). This proved to be too much and Lansdowne deservedly triumphed by 69 runs.