MIDLAND Guildford Cricket Club have secured a long awaited senior male premiership flag after defeating Willetton at the WACA ground to win the premier T20 grand final.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, it was a 57-run partnership for the 2nd wicket between Tom Beaton (24 runs from 27 balls) and Keaton Critchell (35 runs from 25 balls) that set the foundation for the innings.
Further contributions from James Godfrey (35 from 26) and Jordan Mast (23 from 14) propelled the side to a total of 9-144 from their 20 overs.
Early wickets from Justin Kandiah and Josh Nicholas set the tone for the run chase, with the team managing to take regular wickets through the middle of the innings.
Kandiah finished with two wickets for just 17 runs off his four overs, while Nicholas finished with figures of 3-20 off 3.4 overs.
Liam Trevaskis took two wickets as well, including the crucial breakthrough to dismiss D’Arcy Short for 49 in what proved to be a turning point in the match.
Willetton lost 7-45 following the fall of Short and could not recover any momentum, ultimately falling 13 runs short as they were bowled out for a total of 131.
In the two-day fixtures for the senior male sides the previous day, the male 1st grade resumed their chase of 173 against Willetton at 3-90.
They finished their first innings all out for 321, winning the match easily after an outstanding individual performance from opener Dylan Sharman who finished 144 not out from 249 deliveries.
The other three senior male teams lost their matches to the same opposition in what proved to be challenging run chases for each side.
The male U17 defended a total of 173 by bowling Willetton out for 157, winning by 16 runs.
In the male U15 it was a narrow defeat that saw the same opposition chase down the target of 181 in the final over of the match to win by four wickets.
The male U14 and male U13 both secured victories in their return to action, winning by 14 runs and 48 runs respectively.
The female A grade side continued their dominant from with a resounding seven wicket defeat of Subiaco Floreat to remain at the top of the table.
The female B grade won back-to-back fixtures to move to 3rd on the table.
The female U17 struggled to defend a total of 5-88 from their 20 overs and lost by six wickets to Melville, while the female U14 fell just three runs short in their match against Perth.
Next week’s fixtures feature matches against Joondalup for the male sides, while the female sides conclude their regular season T20 campaign.