Razorbacks run riot to seal Bush Cricket title

Champions: Kootingal celebrates after beating Nemingha by three wickets in Saturday's Bush Cricket A-grade grand final at Dungowan.
Champions: Kootingal celebrates after beating Nemingha by three wickets in Saturday's Bush Cricket A-grade grand final at Dungowan.

There was always a feeling of unfinished business for Kootingal Cricket Club.

The Razorbacks were crowned as Peel Valley’s Bush Cricket champions two seasons ago without needing to bowl a ball on grand final day.

Despite the sense of satisfaction at being crowned premiers, captain Brian Magill believed something was missing.

“We won it because we were the minor premiers, not the best side on the day because we were washed off the paddock,” Magill said.

“It was unfinished business for us.

“We wanted to go out and prove we could do it on the big day.”

Kootingal did just that on Saturday when they recorded a three-wicket triumph against Nemingha in the A-Division decider at Dungowan Recreation Reserve.

Nemingha’s hopes of going one better than 12 months earlier were scuppered when the Razorbacks knocked them over for 99.

No.3 Tim Nagel was the lone Nemingha batsman to impress at the crease, top-scoring with a stylish 21 before falling victim to Andrew Skinner.

Skinner (2-9 from four overs) was one of three Kootingal bowlers to star.

Dylan Patterson, better known as Banjo to his mates, ripped the heart out of the Nemingha line-up on his way to figures of 4-6.

Jace Blackler also conjured figures of 2-9 (from three overs) for the Razorbacks.

Nemingha kept their hopes alive by making early in-roads on the Kootingal top-order, leaving the Razorbacks teetering at 3-26 when Magill strode to the crease.

Magill may be in the evergreen stage of his career, but he played the quintessential captain’s knock.

Opener Jason Howarth (28) help right the Razorbacks ship, while Billy Leary produced a valuable cameo by scoring 18.

Magill and Doug Barry then guided Kootingal home, the skipper unbeaten on 24 and Barry, better known as ‘Gout’ seven not out.

The hot conditions meant both sides benefited from a number of substitute fielders, with a delighted Magill paying tribute to the evenness of performance across his side.

“This was a team effort,” he said.

“Everyone made a contribution for us.

“In our competition everyone bowls at least one over and plays their part in the win.

“We also had a number of sub fielders for us, it helped rotate a few blokes when we were bowling because it was so hot.

“One of those subs Keith Hull took a crucial catch for us and was a big part of the win even though he wasn’t in the 12.”

The result means back-to-back grand final defeats for Nemingha.

  • A Division grand final at Dungowan.
  • Nemingha 99 (T Nagel 21, D Patterson 4-6, J Blackler 2-9, A Skinner 2-9) lost to Kootingal 7-102 (J Howarth 28, B McGill 24, W Leary 18, C Thompson 1-2, D Everingham 1-9, S Bowden 1-10, A Newcombe 1-12, M Brock 1-15, T Nagel 1-16) by three wickets.