Clermont rolls rivals
CLERMONT’S dominant performance in the Central Highlands senior cricket competition has marked another chapter in a remarkable run of form, with the team taking out its sixth straight premiership at the weekend.
Pre-final, Clermont envisioned they would have their work cut out trying to keep their Springsure opposition under wraps after twice succumbing to defeat earlier in the season.
The minor premiers Springsure chimed in a record of their own, defeating Clermont at home for the first time in almost 10 seasons.
However the team who has proved Clermont’s closest rival all season failed to present any real challenge in the season decider, being bowled out for just over 100 runs in reply to Clermont’s 8-212 first innings total.
Clermont captain Ryan Nunan said they set out with a deliberate game plan and achieved all outcomes in their “best game of the year”.
“I knew we were building towards it, our previous performance was good but I never expected to win by as much as we did,” he said.
“We were very clinical in the way we went about it.
“I tried to focus on our bowling and wanted no more than three runs each over.
“We lifted towards the end (of the first innings) then came out and bowled exceptionally well.”
He said there was a general feeling of contentment among the ranks post-game.
“I think they (the players) were just satisfied that it was a job well done.”
Clermont’s Berry Shann starred with the ball taking 3-11 from his 10 overs bowled.
Springsure were left scratching their heads as to what more they could have done to win at the weekend.
“We didn’t bowl all that bad but they just picked up on our line and length... Nunan blasted us all round the park,” Springsure player Brendan Carson said.
Nunan, who chipped in with his captain’s knock of 59 runs, said after a masterful display in the field, the win was never in doubt.
“We could have scored 100 less runs and still would have won it,” he said.
“I knew we had it – it was just putting it altogether on game day.”
Carson arrived at the crease as one of Springsure’s opening batsmen but unfortunately went cheaply early on in the innings.
He said full credit had to go to the Clermont side, echoing Nunan’s match-of-the-year sentiments.
“They played their best game of the season, their two young blokes especially,” Carson said.
“They (Clermont) made 100 runs in the last session alone.
“We won the minor premiership and beat every team in the Central Highlands but just couldn’t get the job done on the day.”
Clermont’s grand final victory follows a sensational display against Emerald Magpies two weeks earlier which saw Clermont reach a touch under 400 runs in just 50 overs of cricket.
Clermont captain Nunan mentioned at the time that their high run-scoring efforts were the culmination of some outstanding late-season form and he had been confident of carrying it over into the finals.