Brilliant Brookies claim premiership

ROOSTERS REIGN SUPREME: Crystal Brook defeated Georgetown to claim the A Grade Rocky River Cricket Association premiership.
ROOSTERS REIGN SUPREME: Crystal Brook defeated Georgetown to claim the A Grade Rocky River Cricket Association premiership.

Crystal Brook have claimed the A Grade Rocky River Cricket shield for the first time since their flag in 2012/13.

Crystal Brook proved too strong for Georgetown, posting a big score and then bowling well to defend it.

Crystal Brook won the toss and elected to bat.

They got off to a flying start with Adam Kupsch providing the firepower and Allan McArdle rotating the strike nicely.

The two of them put on 104 runs together before Kupsch was finally bowled by Brett Ballantyne for 79.

McArdle was next to go, bowled by Jayden Burgess for 31 with the score at 2/122.

Nathan Hooper (18) and Steve Merkel (12) were both caught at mid on by Joel Zanker off the bowling of Alison Henderson as Georgetown edged back into the game with Crystal Brook 4/147.

However, the Combe boys took the game away from Georgetown, with Campbell making 29 and Will making 54 not out.

Matt Gulin put a cherry on top for the Brook, chipping in with 12 to take the total to 7/249 off 42 overs.

Jayden Burgess was the best of Georgetown’s bowlers with 3/78/11. Alison Henderson took 2/17/5 and Brett Ballantyne finished with 2/75/12.

Needing almost a run a ball to win the game, Georgetown were under pressure right from the start.

Openers Shane Ballantyne and Cody Robson put on 23 runs for the first wicket before Ballantyne was caught by McArdle for 11 off the bowling of Tom Kerin. Brett Ballantyne replaced his brother at the crease, but he too was sent back to the sheds, bowled by Kerin for a duck.

Georgetown were in trouble at 2/23. Robson and Matt Fejo were able to put on 24 runs together but then Kerin claimed his third wicket, bowling Fejo for 3 with the score at 3/47.

Alison Henderson was the next to go, dismissed by Jake Clements for 2 with the score at 4/62. Jayden Burgess and Cody Robson were able to put on 29 runs for the fifth wicket but from then on, it was all Crystal Brook’s way.

Burgess was bowled by Daniel Hill for 8 and Robson (57) became the first of 4 victims for Campbell Combe. Shaun Noonan came and went without troubling the scorers to leave Georgetown 7/91.

Andrew Henderson provided some resistance to the Brook’s bowling attack, finishing with 13 not out but did not get any help from the tail, losing Stephen Hollow for 2, Riley Davenport for 3 and Joel Zanker for 0.

Campbell Combe took the winning wicket for the Brook, dismissing Georgetown for 118 and securing a 131 run win. Campbell Combe was the best of the bowlers with 4/17/5.5.

Tom Kerin bowled brilliantly to take 4/35/8. Jake Clements and Daniel Hill finished with 1 wicket each.