A 22-year wait for the Jim McGregor Shield has ended for Pine Lodge with a crushing grand final display.
Against Murchison at Howley Oval, Pine Lodge proved far too strong, running out winners by more than 200 runs after a powerful knock from Jarryd Cutler.
Cutler, rightly recognised as the man of the match, cracked an unbeaten 113 as his side made 7-282 in response to Murchison’s 85.
At the close of the first day’s play, Pine Lodge had the Shield sewn up after some scintillating cricket.
First it shredded the Murchison batting line-up, bowling it out for just 85 in 47 overs.
The depth of Pine Lodge’s bowlers was key as six different bowlers got in on the act with a wicket; Travis Waters (2-13), Matt Walker (2-32) and Cutler (2-14) those with multiple scalps.
But after Devinder Singh was caught for a duck to leave Pine Lodge 1-1, it absolutely dominated as Hayden Cann played a wonderful innings, with 14 fours and a six on his way to 88.
He teamed with Cutler for a 137-run stand, before being caught 12 runs short of a grand final century.
But Cutler was not finished there, batting throughout the second day of play to record a sensational century.
Finishing unbeaten on 113, 84 of those runs came via fours in an incredible display of power hitting.
Pine Lodge cruised to 7-282 where the game was called, the captains happy to agree the near 200-run lead was too much to overcome.
Pine Lodge captain Waters said the small club’s first C grade win since the 1995-96 season was special.
‘‘The guys are obviously stoked, it’s been 20 years since we’ve won one, so a few guys haven’t even won a final being at the club for 15 years,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s massive, E-grade won last year, but it’s been 20 years for C-grade, so it’s been a long time coming. It’s only a small club, and a few blokes doing the hard yards.
‘‘We’ve got three guys playing for us under 18 too which is fantastic.’’
Waters added the pair of brilliant innings was what won his side the premiership.
‘‘We didn’t start well, but we bowled really tight after that, and we passed them in 15 or 16 overs,’’ he said.
‘‘Hayden Cann got us going early with 88 pretty quick and Jarryd came in at about the fifth ball of the innings and was there 74 overs later, so he was just a rock for us.’’