Congratulations to the Onerahi Central Reserve Grade side for winning the Reserve Grade One Day competition today.
OC batted first and posted a competitive 167 for 8 in their 40 overs – Parsan Lohia (42) and Shiv Jadav (34) top scored for the OC team and Gary Whatmough (17 off 17 balls) finished the innings well with smart batting and great running between the wickets. Bream Bay bowled tightly and fielded with great commitment – John Cunningham (4-41) and Kyle Lomas (2-28) were the pick of the Bream Bay bowlers with Vaisakh Bijukumar also bowling well and only conceding 19 runs off his 8 miserly overs.
In reply, Bream Bay’s opening batsmen, Bruce Paton and Dean Gillingham, looked in good touch early, and although Paton was a little unlucky to be dismissed caught behind, down the leg side, that gave the OC bowlers and fielders confidence and the intensity lifted a level. Judd Crabb and Whatmough were able to apply sustained pressure by way of consistent bowling, as did Vaughn Syers when he came into the attack, and Bream Bay struggled to get any momentum. As wickets kept falling, only Gillingham (24), Bijukumar (25) and Ricki Singh (20) showed any resistance – Bream Bay eventually being dismissed for 130 in the 32nd over. Wickets were shared with Whatmough (3-16), Kirk Henderson (2-21) and Cole Jakicevich Roberts (2-18) all being the stand out performers.
Commiserations to Bream Bay who have played great cricket all season, and congratulations to OC, who are very deserved winners of the One Day title – and as an extra bonus, they are now the current holders of the Greg Guy Challenge Shield.