The Grand Final for the Junior and Senior grades of the Kangaroo Island Cricket Association competition was played at Goose on Saturday.
The weather was perfect for cricket. Up first was the U16 Grand Final between Parndana and MacGillivray with Parndana going in as huge favourites, being undefeated all year.
Parndana won the toss and elected to bat first. The openers were challenged by some tight bowling by MacGillivray, but Parndana handled it well with Callum Bowell retiring quickly. Harry Reed came on to bowl, clean bowling Brok Obst.
Callum Wilson was strong with the ball picking up two key wickets putting Parndana under pressure. Parndana's middle order held up well, but MacGillivray recovered with some excellent bowling towards the end of the innings.
A brilliant diving catch by Tait Florance got MacGillivray pumped up. Some tight bowling and excellent fielding reduced Parndana to 127. A competitive total, but MacGillivray were in with a chance.
Parndana bowlers were right on the money first up, but some sensible batting by MacGillivray openers saw MacGillivray off to a steady start. Rory Flornace getting runs on the board, but falling short getting out on 13.
Harry Reed also contributed making a handy 14. Jackson Lockett was left short by some brilliant bowling and a great catch by Bailey Gaskin. Callum Wilson made a quick 12 and Trae Loveing also contributing with 11.
MacGillivray was in a bit of trouble needing the middle order to step up. Charlie Baker came out looking to hit the ball onto the tennis courts. 3 sixes later and he was retired on 24. MacGillivray needing about 25 runs to win with Tait Florance and Ethan Stoeckel at the crease. Some very sensible batting by the pair got MacGillivray over the line in the 29th over.
A great effort by Parndana, but MacGillivray proved to be too strong in a tight situation. Amazing effort coming in as underdogs and beating the undefeated Parndana, congratulations MacGillivray. - G. Weatherspoon
Following the Junior Grand Final was the KICA Senior Grand Final between MacGillivray and Parndana. In what turned out to be a batter's paradise, the large crowd were privileged to witness not just one great individual innings, but three.
With MacGillivray winning the toss, Captain Jed Bald had no hesitation in going in to bat first and set a total for Parndana.
After not playing cricket for several weeks, MacGillivray openers looked nervous to begin, with N. Berry giving an early chance at first slip which to the dismay of the large Parndana crowd went to ground. B. May and C. Smith didn't let the openers settle with only 12 runs from the first 5 overs.
The first real breakthrough from either team came when C. Smith collected the stumps of N. Berry to bring B. Willson to the crease with the contest evenly poised at 1 for 32. As Willson found his feet, Bald began to find the boundary regularly.
Willson and Bald began to up the run rate with more frequent boundaries, which bought on a bowling change with S. Horjus to try his spin to bring a breakthrough for Parndana. That came in Horjus' third over, with M. Johnson taking a sharp catch to dismiss Willson for 15.
With only 4 overs to drinks, Bullard joined Bald at the crease and managed to get through to the minor break with their wickets intact.
On returning to the field after drinks and with plenty of wickets in hand, the MacGillivray batsmen began taking the increasingly frustrated Parndana bowlers to the boundary more regularly, with Bald clearing the boundary several times and Bullard displaying masterful stroke play.
With the batsmen scoring freely and looking to take the game away from Parndana, M. Johnson was brought on to try and break the partnership. Johnson eventually succeeded in his third over, claiming the wicket of Bald, but not before he brought up a timely captain's century off 89 balls.
Bald's wicket brought I. Bolto to the crease, and things only got worse for Parndana. Bullard and Bolto managed to pile on 121 runs in the last 13 overs, which included a century for Bullard off 70 balls.
The partnership of Bullard (111*) and Bolto (45*) pushed the MacGillivray total past the 300 mark, meaning Parndana would have to mount a record run chase to claim the premiership.
S. Horjus and E. Tretheway were tasked with opening the batting for Parndana and to begin the chase for the premiership.
Horjus started swinging from the start, finding the boundary on the third ball of the innings, but after a tight over from K. Wheaton, Horjus tried to put Collins over the boundary only to be caught by a classic outfield catch to Willson.
The following four wickets fell for 39 runs as the Parndana batsmen looked to reduce the rapidly rising required run rate.
Z. Tretheway (109* off of 90 balls) held the innings together in the middle order with C. Smith providing a good support role, but with tight bowling from MacGillivray, the Parndana batsmen were forced try and send good balls to the boundary, generally to the detriment of their wicket.
Z. Tretheway managed to bring up his century with 9 overs remaining, but the massive MacGillivray total proved out of reach for Parndana, eventually handing MacGillivray the 2018/2019 Premiership at the end of the 45 overs, congratulations to the MacGillivray players.
Thank-you to all the supporters who attended both the Junior and Senior matches. - Sub Fielder