CRICKET season is done and dusted after the Sunraysia Cricket Association held their First, Second, Third and Fourth Division grand finals on the weekend.

In First Division, it was Mildura Settlers who clenched the win over Gol Gol, while the the results were reversed in Second Division with Gol Gol defeating Mildura Settlers. In Third Division Irymple were defeated by Merbein South, while in Fourth Division Merbein South got the better of Mildura East Blue.

Adam Thomson’s Gol Gol team won the toss on Saturday morning and elected to bat. They made 176 runs, with Thomson leading the way with the bat, making 44 runs. Mark Cleary (2/36), Mark Kerr (3/27) and Richie Wyld (3/62) helped to dismiss Gol Gol’s batting order.

In reply, Mildura Settlers, led by Jason Morrison, who contributed 61 runs, went on to reach 7/178 and claim the flag. This was despite the best efforts of Luke Hickey, who with the ball took 3/31.

Final scores were unavailable from the SCA for Second Division as Mildura Weekly went to press, although Gol Gol did secure victory over Mildura Settlers.

In Third Division, Merbein South won the toss and batted first, making 7/198. Shane Trinick top scored with 52 runs. In reply, Irymple could only manage 10/88, with Josh Brice making an impact with the ball, taking 4/29 for Merbein South.

Rounding out the grand final matches, Merbein South claimed another premiership, this time against Mildura East Blue. Courtney Moore assisted his team in the win, by taking 5//29, as Merbein South recorded the win 9/227 against Mildura East Blue 148.

WHEN I called Braidyn Turner on Monday afternoon to chat to and congratulate him on Mildura Settler’s First Division Grand Final win on the weekend I certainly expected him to be in celebratory mode.

Instead, I caught him on the tractor, doing laps of the farm he owns just outside of Euston on the Balranald side.

“I don’t drink and I’ve got my own farm, and the farm doesn’t stop because we won a grand final,” Turner laughed.

“So you don’t have to worry about that with me, although the boys will no doubt make up for it for me.”

After having some reflection time on his team’s win on the weekend, Turner said it has settled in now.

“We were really, really happy once we finally got over the line at the end of yesterday,” he said.

“There were a bit of nerves there at the end, it got really close, so there was a lot of relief.

“Luckily we just had a little bit left in the tank towards the end of the match to get the job done.”

Turner said his boys were patient on both Saturday and Sunday, and that put them in a good position to win the flag.

“Especially on the Saturday when we were bowling,” he added.

“To restrict them and to bowl them out in the 79th over for 177 I thought was a great effort with the ball.

“It was a great pitch and a great outfield to bat on.

“We were patient all day, we didn’t get bored and we kept bowling to the plan and I thought we executed that perfectly.

“Then once we were batting, they bowled just as well as us, but we knuckled down a bit and we were thankful we had Jason Morrison at the top of the order to get us off to a great start.”

Turner said he could not be more proud of his team, with a few of the older players likely set to retire from First Division.

“To get a win for them in what might be their last game of cricket was a very special moment for the boys.”

– ZOEY ANDREWS