WINNERS: Northern District Cricket Association claimed the 2015 Bendigo Country Week Division One title. Back row: Peter Moore, left, Clayton Holmes, Josh Novoselek, Ryan Barnes, Jackson McEwen, Kurt Brereton, Nick Farley, Oliver O’Shea. Front row: Todd Gelletly (NDCA president), Jason Keath, Adam Decicco, Greg Dickson (captain) Jake Thrum, James Keath.Picture — PETER WEAVING, Bendigo AdvertiserTHE Northern District Cricket Association broke a 56-year title drought on Friday, claiming the Bendigo Country Week Division One title.
The side’s one-wicket win against Castlemaine and District in the final, held at Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval, secured the association’s first Division One title since 1959, when the Cohuna and District Cricket Association defeated North West Lakes.
The NDCA side qualified for the final after recording a 33-run win against Murray Valley last Thursday, thanks to 37 runs from Wandella player and captain, Greg Dickson, 23 from Leitchville/Gunbower’s Adam Deccico and four wickets from Bombers spearhead, Peter Moore – whose wickets came during a spell that resulted in Murray Valley losing its last seven wickets for nine runs.
The win left Castlemaine and District, the NDCA and Goulburn Murray on three wins each, but a 1.05 point gap enabled the NDCA side to qualify for the final.
Electing to bat first, Castlemaine and District set the NDCA side a 202-run winning target, thanks to 75 runs from opener Ian Garsed.
He and Wayne Stubbings (31) put on 101 for the second wicket, taking the score from 1-8 to 109 in the 29th over before Deccico bowled Garsed.
Nondies left-arm off-spinner, Jake Thrum then took control of the match.
The 18-year-old, who at one stage had 0/25, finished with 6/67 off 18 overs in a man of the match performance.
Leitchville/Gunbower teammates and Bendigo Country Week hall of famers, Kurt Brereton (42) and Jason Keath (61) put the NDCA side in a strong position in its reply.
Keath then combined with Dickson to develop a 75-run stand to push the score to 3/142 before Keath’s dismissal.
Moore, who was one of the NDCA’s players of the tournament, united with his Bombers teammate for a 36-run stand, leaving the team with 23 runs for victory.
However, Dickson’s dismissal at 4/178 in the 44th over started a Castlemaine comeback.
The NDCA side lost its next four wickets for 22 runs in the next five overs, meaning the team needed two runs off the last six balls with two wickets in hand.
Castlemaine’s Chris McKnight bowled a dot ball off the first ball, then bowled Leitchville/Gunbower’s Jackson McEwan off the second ball, dropping the equation down to two runs, one wicket in hand and four balls remaining.
McKnight’s first ball to Deccico struck him high on the pad, resulting in a lbw appeal, which was denied.
As the appeal occurred, Deccico and Wandella’s Nick Farley ran two leg byes to secure the Neil Pollock Memorial Cup.
Country Week results
Round one – Goulburn Murray 90 (N. Farley 4/18, J. Novoselek 3/21) def by Northern District 225 (P. Moore 52, C. Holmes 38, J. Keath 32, G. Dickson 27, J. Novoselek 20) by six wickets.
Round two – Emu Valley 5/198 (J. Novoselek 2/28, P. Moore 2/44) def Northern District 138 (J. Thrum 46, P. Moore 31) by 60 runs.
Round three – Northern District 174 (C. Holmes 72, Jason Keath 35*) def Castlemaine and District 105 (N. Farley 4/22, P. Moore 3/31, J. Novoselek 2/12) by 69 runs.
Round four – Northern District 133 (G. Dickson 37, A. Deccico 23) and 2/38 def Murray Valley 100 (P. Moore 4/21, N. Farley 2/19) by 33 runs.
Final – Castlemaine and District 201 (J. Thrum 6/67, James Keath 2/25) def by Northern District 9/202 (Jason Keath 61, K. Brereton 42, G. Dickson 39, P. Moore 22) by one wicket.
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