Mildura Settlers became the 2020/21 First Division cricket premiers on Saturday when they defeated Coomealla Wentworth in game two of the potential three-game Grand Final series.

The team started hot, with Jason Morrison (2/33) and Brayden Wood (2/36) bowling well to put pressure on a Coomealla order which needed a strong total.

Setts also executed two brilliant runouts toward the end of the opening innings to hold their opposition to a 9/147 total after 40 overs.

Bevan Wade produced an excellent innings at the crease and was the standout batsman for Coomealla with a 62 not out total.

The result of the game was put beyond doubt fairly quickly by Setts in their innings, Morrison backing up his bowling performance with a sensational 66 runs and Braidyn Turner (42 not out) and Luke Stanbrook (29) providing strong support.

The Coomealla Wentworth attack could not quell Setts’ run-making onslaught and the side took out the win and the season’s premiership in just 28 overs.

Setts captain Braidyn Turner was over the moon with his team’s performance.

“We spoke last week about concentrating and not taking them lightly after winning game one,” he said.
“I could tell every single one of our players was locked in during the warm up, which was brilliant.
“It’s been a long and challenging season.
“21 games of cricket is quite taxing.
“To stay concentrated and then hit another gear in the finals and take out the premiership, it feels great.”

The ability for Setts to perform at a high level in all facets of the game was what got them over the line.

This is something Braidyn says they spoke about for a lot of the season and heading into finals.

“After Christmas one of our major goals was to focus on improving our fielding,” he said.

“Our bowling was exceptional and we didn’t want our fielding to drop, so we concentrated really hard and it showed because we performed really well there when needed.
“We needed to get off to a good start early with the bat and Jason (Morrison) was fantastic.
“He was annoyed at himself that he got out in the end but he and Luke (Stanbrook) were able to produce and get us over the line pretty quickly which was brilliant.”

All-in-all, the cricket season produced many top-drawer games and a thoroughly entertaining finals.

The season will undoubtedly be one Turner and his Setts side never forgets.

“It’s honestly such a good feeling,” he said.

“Considering all the challenges, one day games every week, and having missed three weeks due to weather during the season, it was one of the hardest flags to win.”