ON the last weekend of the season Swan View took on the season’s most dominant team Lesmurdie Mazenod for the chance for premiership glory.
Swan View won the toss and elected to bat and were hoping to put the runs on the board, which they saw as the only chance to put any pressure on the strong Lesmurdie batting line up.
Lesmurdie landed the first blow with premier speedster Paul Richardson bowling in-form opener Michael Prasad to have Swan View 1-2 in the first over.
Ben Thyer and Chris Turkich steadied the ship but the Lesmurdie attack was very tight not allowing Swan View to score any easy runs. At the first drinks break Swan View was 2-23 after 20 overs and Lesmurdie was well and truly on top.
Probably in the most crucial moment of the Swan View innings just as they were starting to gain some momentum, with the inform pair of Rob Leahy and David Pease at the crease, Pease had a brain fade and decided to run out his partner just before the tea break and give the ascendency back to Lesmurdie.
At tea Swan View was 4-52 after 42 overs.
After tea Lesmurdie Captain Trent Pottinger took control of the match with his left arm tweakers literally stopping the run rate and claiming wickets as he pleased.
Pottinger claimed 5-11 off 15 overs to dismiss Swan View for 85.
He was well supported by Richardson 2-30 and Jimmy Outten 2-16.
This total was never going to trouble the strong Lesmurdie batting line up.
With Swan View claiming two wickets late on day one, they would need a miracle to be any chance.
Young opener Josh Harris made sure this did not happen and showed maturity beyond his age, guiding his team to victory with great shot selection and a little bit of confidence.
He finished 40 not out.
Lesmurdie made it three 1st grade premierships in a row with association champion Trent Pottinger finishing with the man of the match honours.
In the other grand finals, Caversham claimed the 2nd grade premiership in their first season, Ellenbrook beat Muchea in the 3rd grade, Mundaring won the A and C division one day grades and Lesmurdie won the B division one day premiership.
By David Pease