TOP: Culcairn’s winning one day premiership team (back,from left) A Singh, M Hensel, V Chaffey, C Knust, M Godde, C Watson, J Cooper (front) S McLeish, B Sheather (c), R Jenkins and S Brand. Picture: ContributedCULCAIRNhas won its fifth Holbrook and District Cricket Association One Day grand final when it defeated Osborne by two wickets at Osborne last Saturday.
After losing last year’s decider to Henty, Culcairn reclaimed the title in a thrilling and engrossing match that could have gone either way.
Osborne were attempting to win its first ever senior HDCA title since joining the competition 15 years ago after playing in the Brocklesby DCA prior to that.
It took a magnificent batting performance from the talented Jamie Cooper, 80,to get Culcairn over the line after Osborne had batted first.
Osborne paced its innings nicely to post a very respectable 5/159, after being well placed at 3/77 at the halfway point of the innings.
Mick Glanville led the way for Osborne with the veteran sportsman posting 60as he and Darren Howard,14,added valuable late innings runs.
Earlier openers Lachie Lane, 24,and Luke Richardson,23,had made a good start, before Glanville and Howard put on a 59 run stand.
Simon McLeish was the best of the Culcairn bowlers claiming three wickets, while Matt Hensel and Arjen Singh both bowled economically.
The Culcairn run chase got away well despite the loss of Steven Brand for 6with Cooper and the burly Cade Watson, 29,in brutal touch.
The halfway point had them well placed at 2/94 before a mini collapse had them in a spot of bother at 5/114 with Cooper still dangerous.
Handy late order contributions from Brendan Sheather (10) and Cameron Knoust (15) provided nice assistance to Cooper.
When the eighth wicket fell Culcairn still needed three runs but with Cooper on hand they got the runs with almost five overs to spare.
Cooper was named man of the match for his excellent batting and the wicket of Osborne top scorer Glanville.
For Osborne Glanville, Howard, Harry Perryman and Connor Galvin all took two wickets, with Perryman the most economical.
Next weekend will see two day cricket start before the association goes into harvest and New Year break.
Culcairn who has the bye this coming round will not play cricket in Division one now until January 9giving them plenty of time to reflect on its fifth one day title.
Division TwoDIVISIONTwo played round six of the season with Lockhart remaining on top of the ladder after beating Holbrook comfortably.
Lockhart posted 8/134 with Oscar Smyth,39,top scoring as Kev Drum took threewickets for Holbrook.
In reply Holbrook made just 92 with Smyth taking three wickets.
Oscar Willis made 87noas his side TRYC 5/152 defeated Culcairn 8/134 in a somewhat of an upset on the turf at Yerong Creek.
The final match saw Henty 162 defeat Uranquinty 8/122.
Nick Zumbo top scored for Henty with 82and then claimed two wickets.
Holbrook DCA is due to play this Sunday in the Riverina semi-final of the NSW Country Plate between the winner of Griffith andTemora.
Holbrook will play Temora at Temora and selectors will name the team mid week.
A win in this match would see them into the Riverina final on December 13 against the winner of Cootamundra andGoulburn.
The state-wide finals of the Country Plate are in Tamworth on December 28 and 29 with the final four teams contesting the carnival.
NEXT WEEK DIVISION ONEROUND 6 TWO DAYER
Holbrook v OsborneTRYC v HentyCulcairn byeDIVISION TWO ROUND 7
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