McCARTHY Catholic College won its first Ron George Trophy at No 1 Oval on Monday afternoon after a brilliant fielding effort guided the side to a 26-run win over Calrossy Anglican School.
McCarthy manager-coach Peter Virgen was delighted.
“It’s taken us 39 years to get there,” Virgen said after the win.
“We lost in last year’s final but won a good tight final today. I was very pleased with the catching and fielding.”
McCarthy batted first and made 7-147 after a first-ball shock when star allrounder Jye Paterson was dismissed first ball by Billy Buster (2-30).
“It wasn’t the greatest start,” McCarthy captain Matt Dun admitted.
“But then Keyton (Hislop) and Matt (Hughes) batted very well.”
Hughes made 16 before he was run out by Josh Lamb while Hislop smacked 48 and, with his skipper Dunn (32), put on 74 for the third wicket.
“Then Beau (Alderton) and Rhett (Graham) hit a few sixes at the end,” Dunn said.
Alderton smacked one six in his 19-run innings while Graham struck two in his unbeaten 17.
While McCarthy’s innings had a first-ball shock, Calrossy opener Brennan Sinclair had his own stunners in wait for McCarthy.
He hit successive sixes off the second and third ball of the innings to give Calrossy an amazing start.
“Luckily we got him a few balls later,” Dunn said of what was a 17-run innings from Sinclair.
“The boys bowled and fielded very well.”
Will Burke (39) topscored for Calrossy and tried to get some partnerships flowing, with Layne Berry (9), Tyson Rennie (8) and Buster (17) but his side’s task became tougher when he was sixth man out at 92.
Dan Newman (17) produced a late flurry but the McCarthy bowlers were backed up by some good fielding which resulted in nine catches and a run out.
Graham (2-7), Paterson (2-22), Matt Hughes (2-11), Hislop (1-18) and Rhys Chillingworth (1-26) shared the wickets.