BUNDALAGUAH came within two wickets of claiming a clean sweep of SMCA senior premierships for the second successive season.
While their first grade lost narrowly to Rosedale-Kilmany, the Bulls defeated Collegians in the second, third and fourth grade grand finals over the weekend.
The wins brought up a hat-trick of premierships for Bundalaguah in the thirds and fourths.
IN second grade, a solid bowling performance ensured Bundalaguah back-to-back titles.
After being bowled out for 157 at the College Oval, the Bulls dismissed Collegians for 75.
Player of the match Craig Rowley was solid at the top of the order for the Bulls, scoring 49 runs. Trevor Wrigglesworth and captain James Mathews contributed 26 and 25 respectively.
Bowlers Lachlan Dowd, 4-28, Luke Nicholls, 3-41, and Kerrod Macgregor-Davies, 3-44, put Collegians in a winning position.
Collegians was 1-5 at stumps.
On Sunday, Collegians lost regular wickets. Geoff Wells, 11, was the only batsman to make double figures.
Ken Lenehan was the Bulls’ leading wicket-taker, with 3-17. Wrigglesworth, Ray Massey and Jake Wynd claimed two wickets each.
IN the thirds, Nick Fowler scored 56 and claimed four wickets in a man of the match performance.
Fowler’s score was the highlight of Bundalaguah’s 9-204 at Stead St. After a solid start, Collegians was bowled out for 143 in reply.
Tom Glenn scored 24, Zach Knight 21, Greg Wrigglesworth 20 not out and Will Brady 19 not out to help the Bulls post a competitive total on Saturday. Chris Malone, Brayden Macgregor-Davies, Lachlan Bown and Chris Morrison each took two wickets for Collegians.
Al Griffin, 41, and Kyle Grainger, 37, gave the Collegians innings a good start, but the loss of wickets hampered the chase.
Collegians finished 61 runs short, with Fowler taking 4-29 and Brady 3-30.
THE Bundalaguah Bulls were too strong for Collegians in the fourths grand final on Saturday.
On the College astro, the Bulls scored 7-179 from their 40 overs then bowled the minor premier out for 63. With 3-13, Mitch Templeton was named player of the match.
Runs for the Bulls were spread through the order, with Rob Cook and Kane Pentland scoring 39 each, Anthony Padula 34, Brad Fuller 21 and Aiden Ward 19. For Collegians, Jonty McGuiness, Steven Rees and Jeff Robbins claimed two wickets each.
Collegians was under pressure early in its innings and couldn’t recover. Robbins top-scored with 11.
In addition to three wickets from Templeton, Tom Anderson, Daniel Smart and Michael Telling took two each.