Bushrangers steal premiership glory

The Bindoon Bushrangers premiership team.
The Bindoon Bushrangers premiership team.

Bindoon and Muchea played in the South Midlands Cricket Association grand final at Miling, the first time Muchea had played in a grand final since coming back into the competition for the 2008-2009 season.

Bindoon won the toss and elected to bat, posting a very competitive score of 9/170 off its 45 overs.

Top scorers were Clayton Smith (47), Martin Tobin (42) and Marcus Tobin (32).

Muchea was confident it could chase down the runs but was in early trouble at 3/25 after some tight Bindoon bowling.

Brandon Ghirardi and Brad Hampson came together and put on a 60 run partnership to even up the contest.

Muchea needed 48 runs off the final nine overs to make for an exciting finish.

Jesse Hyatt had other ideas, picking up the ball and returning it for a direct hit on the stumps that had dangerman Brad Way heading back to the pavilion.

Muchea then gave little resistance to all out for 139.

Top scorers were Ghirardi (58) and Hampson (38).

The best bowlers for Bindoon were Brad Pietraszek 3/23 and Peter Gaspar 2/20.

Man of the match went to Muchea’s Ghirardi.