KYABRAM Fire Brigade has claimed the Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade premiership.
After producing a strong score of 301 on day one, the Flames bowled Rochester United out for 149 to complete a dominant victory.
It ends United’s streak of back-to-back premierships, both of which were gained with victories against Fire Brigade.
The first victory of the final went to Kyabram, who won the toss and chose to bat.
Jack Donnell and Henry Charlton took to the middle, but Liam Ringin immediately put the game in United’s hands, Donnell out for just one run.
Sam Kershaw would join Charlton, with the two adding 31 to the score.
Ringin was again the man to deliver the blow, with Stephen Rasmussen taking the catch to dismiss Kershaw for 15.
New man Brett Andison could only add 17 before Myles Wade had him trapped in front.
Michael Mattingly, on the back of his 89 in the semi-final, was unable to produce the same form.
And was sent packing without troubling the scorers.
Enter Paul Newman.
With the gastro that struck him and several others in last week’s semi-final gone, Newman wasn’t slowing down.
Scoring quickly, he made 74 off 76 deliveries, including 13 fours and a six.
Partnering Charlton, the pair added 117, before Newman fell to Sean Williams.
Just a few balls later, Myles Wade had Charlton caught and bowled.
Charlton made 78, smashing 13 fours on the way.
Daniel Kent would be joined by Anthony Andronaco, with Andronaco adding 12 runs to the score before falling to Williams, captain Tim Bubb joining the party with the catch.
Jayden Rosin would come to the middle, partnering Kent for 61 vital runs.
Rosin would get to 47 before Jake Perry castled him.
Shannon O’Brien would only add one run at number 10, while Daniel Kent would fall to Williams for 41 to wrap up the innings for 301, with Brodie Unwin not out for one.
Williams was the hero for United, finishing with three wickets for 68 runs.
Ringin, Wade and Perry claimed two wickets each.
Yesterday, Corey Windridge and Jordan Garrett opened the batting for United, but unfortunately the pair weren’t together for long, Brodie Unwin dismissing Windridge with the score on 12.
Jordan Garrett got to 17, before Mattingly had him trapped in front.
Tim Bubb was also unable to stay around, with Charlton castling him to take the score to 3/31 and they never recovered.
Sean Williams was the next to go, Charlton again doing the damage with United in trouble at 4/53.
Rochester stalwarts Dylan Cuttriss and Steve Rasmussen did their best to keep their side in the game.
Unfortunately, neither was able to slow the Kyabram onslaught.
Both were dismissed within 17 runs, United struggling at 6/70.
The new partnership saw 28 added, but ended when Angus Martin was cleaned up by Mattingly.
Unwin would take another wicket not long after, United beyond rescue at 8/99.
The ninth wicket partnership would try to keep United going, adding 31 runs.
Jack Donnell would be the man to get the breakthrough, United 9/130.
The result was beyond doubt, but United wouldn’t give up, adding another 19 runs.
When the final wicket fell to Sam Kershaw, Kyabram had won its third GMC premiership.
United made 149 off 57 overs, handing Kyabram a 152-run win.