ST PAT'S Old Boys' wait for a Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade title came to an end on Sunday as they ended their magic 2018-19 season with an emphatic victory.
Saints completed a nine-wicket win over City Colts at George Park 1 in a shortened grand final, producing a brilliant bowling display before a century partnership between Nic Broes (61) and captain Adam Ryan (52) helped their side reach the target of 112.
The win adds the first piece of Bathurst silverware to the St Pat's Old Boys trophy cabinet after they claimed Orange's Bonnor Cup Twenty20 title earlier in the season.
Pat's lost their opening three games of the BDCA first grade season before picking themselves up in an almighty way.
They went unbeaten across the next 10 BDCA matches before playing out Sunday's one-sided grand final.
Pat's came within one wicket of winning the previous season's decider against Rugby Union but this time they not only got the result they wanted - they found it with ease.
"It's been a crazy ride with some really good cricket as well. I'm proud as punch today," Ryan said.
"It's been the best part of 10 years to try and win one. To do that through the merger of clubs, the build up of our juniors and then watch them play sensational all year is an unreal feeling.
"Credit goes to our bowlers who really took the pressure off us batting second. We got the bounce of the ball on a few decisions, with edges and good catches, and I'll put that down to our hard work and the training that we put it throughout the season.
"I don't think it's really sunk in yet. When I was able to lift that trophy up it started to feel real."
With rain completely scratching out Saturday's opening day of play the match was reduced to a one-day, 50-overs-per-side format.
The Saints' bowling depth was on display as all six bowlers picked up at least one wicket, having Colts all out with 18 of their 50 overs going unused.
Shoemark had survived a front foot no-ball catch on the opening ball of the innings and he made the most of his extra time at the crease to hang around while the rest of the top order failed to do so.
His time in the middle came to an end on 21 runs when Ryan produced a sharp catch at cover off the bowling of Ben Mitchell.
At that stage Colts were in all sorts of trouble at 5-37 but middle order starts from Ollie Shoemark (19), Matt Stephen (16) and Brenton Chapman (21) allowed their side to post a competitive target of 111.
Player of the match Broes finished with 2-8 off nine overs while Matt Fearnley (2-10), Tanvir Singh (2-23) and Mitchell (2-27) each picked up a pair of wickets.
Colts got their defence off to a strong start when Dave Henderson had Bailey Brien caught in the second over for no score.
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At 1-4 another wicket could have put Pat's under the pump but opener Broes and new batsman Ryan didn't take long to settle on the George Park wicket.
Ryan reached his half century with back-to-back fours then in the next over Broes ended the match with a four and a six back down the ground.
Colts captain Stephen said the batting simply wasn't at the quality needed for the biggest game of the season.
"The grand final is the biggest day of the year and to not bat out your overs is a pretty big no-no. We were on the back foot early and it was hard to come back from that," he said.
"Our shot selection was probably not the best. Henry was batting very well up the top before Ryano took an absolute screamer of a catch at cover. He took it with two hands and wasn't letting it go.
"We got starts and we didn't go on with them and I don't think the pitch played bad. It just comes back to us not applying ourselves as best as we should have."