Two lineups stacked with talent. Each with a win against each other this season. Each having devastating potential with either a bat or ball in hand.
It was an Independent Sporting Association cricket division one grand final lineup the competition deserved.
Unfortunately for Saint Stanislaus’ College they didn’t get the result they wanted.
Saint Patrick’s College journeyed to Stannies’ No. 1 Oval on Saturday and ended the minor premiers’ marvellous season one win shy of the crown.
Pat’s defeated Stannies by 59 runs to sweep both the division one and two ISA titles on Bathurst turf.
In his final game for Stannies captain Luke Powell produced a bowling masterclass to take 3-18, but his Pat’s counterpart Harry Manenti was up to the challenge with the bat by finding a match-winning 84 runs.
Powell, fellow ISA representative Ethan Ivory and Ryan Campbell were all looking to end their cricket careers at Stannies in the best fashion possible.
The trio and their teammates had Pat’s in serious trouble at one stage before Manenti help his team climb out of a sizeable hole.
“It was hard for the guys, especially Luke. He’s now played in two losing finals. His bowling was fantastic and he batted doggedly. He had to come in at the third over when normally he’d be thinking about coming in after drinks,” Stannies coach Tony Fisher said.
“We had them 6-48 before their captain and wicketkeeper [Patrick Mynett] put on over 100 runs. When we eventually got the captain out that was the only chance he’d given us in his innings. If we’d broken that partnership earlier then Pat’s might have finished with under 100 runs.
“Even with Pat’s reaching 170 we knew we could chase that. Even when we were 4-52 coming up to drinks we knew we a good shot.”
Stannies had suffered a big setback early on with their openers Bailey Brien and Jack Goodsell out for ducks.
Ben Mitchell’s dismissal for just four runs added to a horror start.
After a middle order recovery effort Stannies’ bid for victory took a big blow with Lachlan Yates (20) and Luke Powell (14) dismissed on either side of the drinks break to leave the score at 6-52.
The next batsman in, Luke Mutton (27), was the highest scorer for Stannies.
Pat’s bowled really well. They took their chances and were deserving winners.Tony Fisher
Mutton kept the scoreboard ticking over until his stumping left the hosts on 9-100.
Tailenders Tim Powell (9 not out) and Martin Rudgley (9) hit a handful of boundaries before the innings came to a close.
Fisher said while the final’s result was a tough pill to swallow it shouldn’t could the fact that the school had enjoyed a great season of cricket.
“We had a good year. We finished minor premiers and had three of the five kids who trialled for the ISA representative team make the cut. We had two of those boys [Mitchell and Powell] play for Combined Independent Schools and make the state team.
“Pat’s bowled really well. They took their chances and were deserving winners. Their captain played the ultimate captain’s knock.”