Kerry Cricket Club secure third successive title

Kerry made it three premierships in a row on Saturday night when they beat Woodhill in the local cricket grand final.

WINNERS: Kerry Cricket Club celebrate their victory in the Beaudesert Cricket Association seniors grand final at Selwyn Park on Saturday night.

WINNERS: Kerry Cricket Club celebrate their victory in the Beaudesert Cricket Association seniors grand final at Selwyn Park on Saturday night.

The game was finally completed after the originally scheduled match last weekend was abandoned due to a storm that washed out play during the innings break.

It was a case of déjà vu for the players after Woodhill won the toss and again sent Kerry into bat.

On a wicket still containing a hint of moisture, Woodhill got away to a good start as Kerry slumped to 3/38 from the first 13 overs.

The loss of the third wicket bought Kerry captain and the seasons leading run scorer Dan Samphier to the crease with Sam Stewart.

Stewart was looking to continue his good form with the bat, after scoring a century a fortnight ago.

The partnership that ensued between the pair ultimately proved to be the match winning stand.

Stewart and Samphier steadied the ship and grafted away, adding 175 runs before Samphier was eventually out for a well compiled 82.

Stewart continued on with his dogged innings and deservedly reached three figures.

He was eventually out for 105 but the good work had been done and Kerry were firmly in the box seat.

Kerry’s tail took the score to 235 which gave them a good shot at defending their title.

With no rain in sight this week, Kerry’s bowlers went about doing an almost perfect job in restricting their opposition.

Leading wicket-taker Geoffrey Klease and the miserly Adam Jordan reduced Woodhill to two runs an over in their opening spell claiming one wicket.

Joel Thorne and Dale Ledger then continued to apply pressure with Thorne claiming the next wicket to fall.

For Woodhill, Jason Lavender came to the crease with Lachlan Snow and the pair looked to resurrect the innings.

The going was tough but Lavender and Snow clawed their way back and kept the required run rate at a manageable level.

However tight bowling either side of the second drinks break saw Kerry’s bowlers restrict Woodhill and take the game away from them as the required run rate blew out to almost 12 an over.

Luke Kennedy and Dan Samphier also performed well with the ball rounding out a great team bowling effort by the eventual champions.

Klease and Thorne took three wickets each and Samphier one as Kerry restricted Woodhill to 7/190 off their 50 overs.

This saw the end to another successful season for Kerry who not only won their third successive grand final but also won this year’s minor premiership and the T/20 competition.

Samphier said the victory was one of the club’s sweetest.

“It’s been a challenging year, every team has been competitive every week so to get the win is special,” he said.

“Sammy Stewart’s innings was really the turning point and then our bowlers came out and bowled incredibly tight to get us home.”

He also issued a warning to rivals, saying Kerry was already eyeing a fourth straight title. “We will take a well earned end of season trip away first, but we will come back bigger and better.”