After a convincing Semi Final win over Donvale, the BTCC boys earned a Home Grand final & went into last Saturday’s match against Vermont as unbackable favourites…but as is often the case with sports, not everything always goes to plan!

We were greeted with another picture perfect weekend of Ajani weather – which, in conjunction with the sprinklers, delivered some challenges on the Saturday morning, making the toss an important one to win.

BTCC Lost the toss and were sent in on a very wet oval for the 1st half of their split innings. This made it tough for our batsman, with limited value for shots, compounded by a soft, wet ball that would just not come off the bat. Add in some very disciplined bowling & strong fielding from Vermont, and the battle lines were drawn!

The loss of 2 early wickets had us on the back foot. But some strong performances from Adam H & Lachy S steadied the ship. Some late wickets left us at 5/83 off our first 25 – a little worse than expected, but still a relatively strong score given the conditions.

With the weather warming up, and all of the moisture off the grass, the late morning session definitely presented better conditions for cricket. Time for BTCC to bowl the next 25. Some tight bowling kept scoring at a premium, and a couple of early wickets looked to put us in a strong position. Vermont showed some real grit however, and fought hard to finish up 3/57 at the end of their 25. So at the end of day 1, we had our noses slightly in front.

Early Sunday morning, we got started again, with BTCC to bowl a further 25 to Vermont. Conditions were much better than Saturday morning, so scoring was a little easier – however, some patient, accurate bowling from our Boys hept the runs down, and created a lot of wicket taking opportunities. Unfortunately, a few dropped catches kept Vermont well and truly in the game. We eventually bowled them out, on the last ball of the 50th over for 112 – a pretty good effort by both teams.

So with 30 runs to get with 5 wickets in hand, BTCC went in for the 2nd lot of 25 overs. A steady innings from Michael WC, with a few wickets falling around him, saw us get the runs in the 38th over…but 8 wickets down – a little tighter than all of the Parents appreciated(thanks for keeping it interesting boys)! But a gallant win none the less! As mentioned by Adam H in his after game address, Vermont put in a really strong effort this game, and showed us a few things we could all learn from – that no matter the challenge, there is no substitute for putting in a strong effort & giving the best account of yourselves as individuals AND as a team – which both Teams did!

Well done BTCC u14 Saturday Open, for winning the 2018/19 Premiership!

Congratulations to Coach Les Pataki & Team Manager Cath Pataki for all of their efforts over the year!

Lachy S – 26no
Adam H – 23
Michael WC – 21no

Adam H – 2-6 off 6
Michael W – 2-7 off 5

Charlie P – 3 runout involvements