It’s a long way to the top

March 19, 2018

B grade premier: The Euroa B grade side celebrates winning the Clyde Young Shield.

Euroa made up for last year’s Clyde Young Shield grand final disappointment with an outright win in the weekend’s decider against Karramomus.

A year on from a four-wicket loss to Central Park-St Brendan’s, it made sure it would not be back-to-back heartbreak with a controlling performance against the Bloods, winning by five wickets.

Euroa skipper and man of the match Brad Gleeson said the group was thrilled to take the premiership.

‘‘It’s pretty good, last year we were obviously runners-up and this year we went that one spot better,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a great effort by the boys to go one better, it’s fantastic.’’

A brilliant Saturday set up Euroa’s dream weekend; after being sent in to bat, Karramomus hardly fired a shot, bowled out for 79.

Brocq Robertson top-scored with 19 opening the batting, but partnerships were few and far between as the Euroa bowlers did serious damage.

Leading the way was skipper Gleeson, who romped his way to 5-15 off eight overs. He found the vital wicket of Robertson and tore through the middle-order.

And after an early hiccup in slipping to 2-8, the Gleeson Show continued as the captain teamed with Marcus Hill to take the side past the first-innings target.

Gleeson finished with 45 and Hill with 47, while James Lloyd was also important with 25 as Euroa worked its way to 171 all out in 39 overs.

Sam Green was instrumental for Karramomus with 4-53 in 11 overs, while Chris Crouch only needed four overs to take 3-7.

With a massive batting improvement its only option, Karramomus made a promising start to its second knock with Nathan Jones (29) and Adam Bovell (21) getting the runs ticking over to sit 3-71 at stumps.

But Gleeson said his side was in a prime position after day one.

‘‘We won the toss and bowled, it was a little bit sticky and we were able to bowl Karra out for 79,’’ he said.

‘‘We put ourselves in the box seat with that 171 though.’’

Karramomus fought on, but could only set 46 for the outright win, taking five wickets, but unable to stop Euroa’s inevitable win.

The Euroa skipper, man of the match for his five-wicket haul and 45 in the first innings, said while winning B-grade was amazing, his side was looking to push into A-grade and challenge itself against the best.

‘‘We’re a fantastic bowling side, there’s no questions about our bowling,’’ he said.

‘‘We’d love to get to A-grade, that’s our aim. Cricket Shepparton knocked us back at the start of the year, we were keen to go up, but didn’t win the grand final last year.

‘‘We’d need to add a bit to our batting, but we’d love dearly to go to A-grade and really compete.’’

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