Turkey Red Greytown confirmed their dominance and unbeaten record in the premier competition by beating Lansdowne in the umpires cup final at the Queen Elizabeth Park Oval today.
The southerners won the toss and elected to bat and were in early trouble at 45-4 until an 89 run partnership between Paul Lyttle (38) and Steve Coleman (79) saw them through to 134-5. Coleman was patient in his 123 ball knock which included 6 fours and 1 six.
With Gordon Reisima adding 27 Greytown got through to 215-8 off their 50 overs.
The pick of the Lansdowne bowlers was Wairarapa rep Calvin Ball who took 2-41 from his 10.
In reply Lansdowne stuttered through to 94-7 and looked to have been dead and buried at that point. Ford Burr (33) and Calvin ball (20) had other ideas and put on 54 for the 8th wicket to restore hope in the run chase but man of the match Coleman removed Burr and effectively ended any hope left for the Masterton club.
Coleman finished his 10 overs with 2-31 but the star of the show was recently selected Central Districts A rep Seth Rance with 5-18 off 8.2. Rance bowled with hostility and caused all batsmen trouble with his swing and seam.
Lansdowne got through to 163 which meant a 52 run win to Greytown who collected the first piece of silverware on offer for the premier season.
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It was a good day for the Greytown Club with the junior title also heading south as they beat Lansdowne Gold in their final played as a curtain raiser to the premier final on the home of cricket, Queen Elizabeth Park Oval.
Lansdowne Gold batted first and made 62, Jake McIntyre top scoring with 30 not out. Greytown made light work of chasing it down with Childs twins Ethan and Quinn scoring 23 not out and 16 not out respectively.
In other junior final results Red Star Aces beat the Red Star Wizards in the Championship Hardball grade. Carterton Demons beat the Lansdowne Lions in the Premiership Incrediball grade and Lansdowne Leopards tied with Marist Shamrocks in the Chamionship Incrediball grade.
Cricket resumes in the Wairarapa with Round 8 of The Rock T20 taking place on January 9th.