Grand final glory not just for Division 1 players to enjoy
THE stars came out to shine in the Division 2-4 grand final with plenty of stellar performances on the back fields at Salter Oval during the weekend.
Div 2: ERIC Peterson not only took a premiership medal home after the Division 2 grand final at the weekend, he claimed the player-of-the match trophy in his club's 121 run win over Past Highs.
Peterson made 59 in ATW's 8-205 and with the ball he joined Cody Maughan in demolishing the Past Highs tail end with 2-3 from five overs.
The all-rounder passed the praise to his teammates and said there was one player who made the victory possible.
"Isaac Mayer laid the foundations for the win, he batted well and we went on from there," Peterson said.
"We went in with a plan to bat our overs out and we did that; then the boys bowled really well and with the rain it kind of fell into our hands."
Mayer's innings might have been impressive, but Maughan's and Peterson's efforts in removing the last five wickets were just as good.
In six overs the pair combined to take the last five scalps while conceding just four runs.
ATW 9-205 (I Mayer 60, E Peterson 59; L Donovan 6-0-3-28, B Mussig 6-1-2-15, S Nicholls 5-1-2-21) d Past Highs 84 (C Maughan 5.5-1-4-9, C Murray 8-0-3-20, E Peterson 5-2-2-3)
Man of the match: Eric Peterson
Div 3: SOME teams win premierships with ease but others have to fight for glory and Isis Green won the Division 3 premiership by two wickets after a scraping into the season decider.
Isis captain Wayne Dowling said the weekend's contests were the most enjoyable couple of game he played during his career.
"They were two of the most exciting games of cricket in my life," Dowling said.
A day before Graeme Bartlett and Nathan Sutton put on a 36-run ninth-wicket partnership to win the grand final, Isis held Brothers out by two runs in the preliminary final.
Isis made 8-212 and in reply Brothers were 8-210 after the 50 overs.
The only thing capable of topping that performance off would be something special. This time Bartlett was joined by Nathan Sutton and the pair produced a magnificent partnership.
Bartlett was in great form but Sutton had a run of failures and the pressure was on to deliver, Dowling said while Sutton made just five runs he saved Marty Ryan from doing something he didn't want to do.
"Nathan Sutton had a high score of 18 for the season and he hung around for 42 balls and made five runs," he said.
"Next in was Marty Ryan who was white, he usually didn't batting but said he wouldn't mind if he missed out."
The odd part of the game was the absence of Craig Marriott in the field for Norths. After batting in Norths innings Marriot was unsighted with ball in hand and after his stunning catch in last season's grand final it's a mystery to why he wasn't out there.
Isis Green 8-135 (G Bartlett 46, B Rimmington 10-1-3-25, J Irwin 10-5-2-16, J Van Lierop 3-0-2-26) d Norths 134 (G Bartlett 9-3-4-21, R Jensen 10-2-3-34)
Man of the match: Graeme Bartlett
Div 4: WHEN Brothers Blue sealed the nine-wicket win in the Division 4 grand final over Country Wests a remarkable feat was achieved.
Brothers claimed all three Div 4 premierships - Twenty20, NewsMail Cup and Bundaberg Cricket Association - in the 2013-2014 season.
After finishing minor premiers Brothers win its way to the grand final on the back of a magnificent over by Jesse Richardson, in the major semi-final Norths needed four runs to win.
But young Jesse took 2-2 from his six balls to get the win.
Jesse's father, Arty, played in the team with him at the weekend and Arty said being on the field with his son for the season was a fantastic experience.
"It was good playing a full season with Jesse, he started last year but didn't play much because of the wash out," Richardson said.
"The highlight of playing with him was watching him develop; he scored about 500 runs for us this year."
Along with the father-and-son duo, there were three sets of brothers in the team. Richardson's brother Chad, Mark and Dwayne Austerberry shared premiership glory with brothers Rod Pascoe and Terry McAlpine.
There were few standout performances for Brothers but Wayne Maher's effort with the ball saw him earn the man-of-the-match trophy. Maher took 3-12 from five overs to dislodge the Country Wests top order.
The team will look different next season with a few of the players aiming to move up a division or two after a successful year.
Brothers Blue 1-81 (R Pascoe 36) d Country Wests 80 (W Maher 5-0-3-12, A Richardson 7-2-2-16, P Steele 4-0-2-17)
Man of the match: Wayne Maher