It was all honours to the MacGillivray Cricket Club in the 2016-17 KICA grand finals on Saturday, March 18.
Hosting the finals at the MCG, MacGillivray took out both the junior and senior premierships, defeating Wisanger and Western Districts, in emphatic style.
On what was glorious afternoon for cricket the seniors got under way after Western Districts won the toss electing to bat.
MacGillivray struck early with a caught and bowled to K Bolto.
A Anderson and A Fogden got on with the job, putting together what was to be Western Districts’ only partnership.
When Fogden was removed by J. Bald for 23, MacGillivray really began to turn the screws.
C Morrison was sent packing first ball by a searing delivery by P Collins (3/21) catching the edge and through to Weatherspoon for a regulation catch.
Anderson was run out brilliantly by J Hinton just prior to drinks, and WD were 4/74.
It did not get any better for them.
Bald took the prize scalp of R Morris with a good straight ball that looked to stay low getting through Morris’ defence, crashing into the middle stump.
MacGillivray cleaned up the final five wickets quickly having WD all out for 102.
Now came the real test for the MCC, to put the gremlins of the previous three years behind them and just get the job done.
When Bald went LBW early there were no doubt a few nervous flutters among the supporters.
However this did not show in the steely gleam of B Wilson as he strode to the wicket determined to see his side to victory.
Joining R Lovering they put on a great display of patience, defending the good balls, and aggressive stroke play, dispatching the bad balls to all corners of the oval.
As the pair approached the victory target an expectant hush came over the crowd as so many grand final losses were soon to be forgotten and 17 years of waiting would soon be over.
In a slight anticlimax a wide ball was the actual winning run and as such neither player was able to reach a much deserved 50, Lovering 49 no and Wilson 46 no.
However, this mattered little as celebrations began and players and spectators alike could savour the victory.
P Collins was awarded player of the match and a great cheer arose when captain D Weatherspoon held aloft the premiership shield.
Soon after he was doused in an esky of water (there been no Gatorade available).
The day was topped off with MacGillivray taking all but one of the individual honours in bowling, batting and fielding.
The majority of their players will be around for a while and with some good junior prospects the outlook is looking good for the club.
It has been a good year off the ground for MacGillivray with their club room facilities virtually completed for Grand Final day.
This has been not only a whole of club but also a community effort and special note must go to K Bolto and S Veitch for their efforts towards ensuring the completion of the project.
The MCC can hold their head high, although no doubt there were a couple of sore heads at the clubroom on Sunday morning.
MacGillivray won the toss and elected to bat in their grand final clash against Wisanger on Saturday.
Openers K Wheaton (20 ret.) and B. Florance (23 ret.) got the home side off to a great start.
New batsman J Simmons was bowled by T Snowball, followed by H Kinghorne who was caught lbw by J Turner.
However Wisanger were able to slow the scoring down after that and shared the wickets among themselves.
J. Lockett (21ret.) bolstered the middle order and MacGillivray ended 6/130 after 33.
Wisanger gave it a good shake with D. Freitag and J Turner both getting to 20.
Some good fielding particularly a direct throw from the outfield by T Lovering, ran S Rourke out early.
D Freitag and new batsman J Turner batted solid to make their retirements.
W Berden and L Shurven batted on for Wisanger and then H Kinghomestruck for the Hawks.
Z Johnson, R Turner and N Shurven found runs hard to get through. Good balling from T Wheaton, R Florance, each getting a wicket.
L Shurven batted well as T Turner and A Turner tried to make runs, but good balling by K. Willson and T Lovering, who were the pick of the bowlers with two wickets each.
In the end MacGillivray were able to hold out and restrict Wisanger to 103, taking the victory.
IT was a great game of colts cricket but there can only be one winner.
Well done, MacGillivray.