Colleagians “unofficially crowned the best cricket team in Gippsland on Sunday”

Liam Durkin

COLLEGIANS were unofficially crowned the best cricket team in Gippsland on Sunday.

College won the Gippsland Cricket League Kookaburra Cup, played for between the two highest ranking reigning premiers across Gippsland.

Travelling to Warragul, Collegians brought the All Gippsland cup back to the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association after beating Western Park.

Both teams agreed to play a 50-over one day match, as opposed to a twenty20, which the last few Kookaburra Cups have been played under.

Previously, the winner of the Kookaburra Cup earnt the right to represent Gippsland at the Regional T20 Big Bash.

Collegians were sent in on Western Park No 2 (junior football ground), and compiled 168.

Zac Hurley completed a productive weekend, making 61, following on from his half-century in SMCA action the day before.

The Morrison brothers, Charlie and Tom also helped, making 38 and 34, with the latter combining with Hurley in a 59-run stand for the third wicket.

Western Park persisted through the innings, and were able to take all 10 wickets before compulsory close.

Jack Armour, a wicket-keeper in a previous life, led the way with figures of 4/24, while Sam Batson took 2/39.

Batson was fresh off making a double ton at club level the previous day, and loomed as the biggest wicket in the line-up.

Fortunately for Collegians, Batson may have used up all his runs on Saturday, as he was knocked over by Jonty McGuiness for four.

His dismissal triggered a dramatic collapse for the home side, who lost 3/1 to be 5/68.

Gun opener Greg Munro however was still in, and had got himself to 56 before becoming one of Mark Nicholls’ three wickets.

Murno’s departure left Western Park still short of triple figures, and when Jason Croft was run out for a determined 38, Collegians had one hand on the trophy.

Croft was undone by some good fielding via a perfect bounce throw to Hurley at the bowler’s end from the man at 45 on the off side.

Collegians took the final wicket a short time later, seeing Western Park bowled out for 134.

Nicholls took 3/26 and Nathan Whitford 2/8.

Collegians officials would have been pleased to see Tom Morrison back playing, although the sight of him wicket-keeping was perhaps something unexpected.

Morrison however proved his all-round ability, securing a stumping off Nicholls.

A little further down the road in the remote location of Iona, there was a thrilling end to the Warragul District Cricket Association Twenty20 Final.

Visiting team Trafalgar tied the match with a ball to spare, but lost a wicket off the next delivery, meaning the game went to a Super Over.

Trafalgar only managed to score five runs from their Super Over, before an anticlimax saw Iona win the premiership courtesy of two leg side wides.

What a way to lose to a game.

I’ve now lost a footy final by golden point and a cricket granny in a super over.