FOR the third time in four seasons Bathurst cricketer Jono Dean has tasted the pain of defeat in Cricket ACT’s Douglas Cup grand final.
Dean has been an integral part of Weston Creek-Molonglo’s line-up this season and despite missing a number of games due to his Big Bash League commitments, was one of the competition’s leading batsmen.
However, Dean was unable to save Creek from defeat in the 2016-17 three-day grand final against Tuggeranong.
Though Dean took his tally of runs for the season beyond 900 at an average of 82.67, his grand final knocks of 15 and three were not what he was hoping for.
Creek had held a 36-run lead after their first innings and when it came time for their second innings, Dean and his team-mates required 272 for an outright win.
However, Tuggeranong snared 10 wickets on the final day to clinch its first Douglas Cup title since 2003/04. Creek was all out for 98, their rivals winning by 173 runs.