A tense first day in the Bidwell Cup Final contributed towards an anti-climax in the two day Bidwill Cup final played over the weekend. Batting first, Red Star would have thought that they were in for a real challenge to hold onto the Bidwill Cup that they had won in last year’s final with Lansdowne when Greytown had them “back in the hutch” for less than 100.
Greytown could not manage to ram home the advantage, however, and despite some exciting resistance towards the end of their first innings, they fell tantalisingly short of the first innings target by just 3 runs. One wonders what might have happened had Greytown held a narrow lead, because Red Star, bouyed with the confidence of the vital first innings win, knew that they only had to play for a draw to secure the trophy.
This they managed magnificently with skipper Joe Hull, with 56, determinedly keeping the Greytown attack at bay. Central Districts rep, Greg Todd backed him up with a wonderful 99 to c ontribute towards a match saving partnership of 174. Greytown never let up as they sent down 107 overs at less than 3 runs per over.
In the end Red Star deserved their success. They now have their name on the trophy two years in succession.