IN a storybook finish to the Casterton and District Cricket Association One Day Final, it was Edenhope’s Brodyn Smith who lifted the second last ball of the day to the boundary line at long on, ensuring victory for the boys from the north by just three runs.
In a marvelous game of cricket contested by two keen and enthusiastic teams, it was Edenhope’s turn to overcome their friendly neighborhood rivals from Pigeon Ponds.
The Ponds boys relinquished the Casterton Hotel One Day shield to Edenhope. They front up to each other again in the Jimmy O’Brien T20 Shield preliminary games at Island Park on 11th January.
Ponds captain Ash Simons won the toss and chose to bat.
Will Staude and Ryan Lloyd-Jones opened the batting and it was Lloyd-Jones who set the pace with some fabulous fours through the covers.
The Edenhope bowlers had great trouble containing his aggression, despite the loss of Will Staude (4) who was caught at slip with the team total on 36.
After the drinks break Lloyd- Jones and Brody took to the bowling with judicious placements before Brody (39) fell to Will Smith and Lloyd-Jones (57) gave a catch to Brent Cranage from the bowling of Ben Geary.
Pigeon Ponds was 3/108 and about to swoop.
Murray Staude (1) was bowled by Will Smith and Joel Staude (0) was stumped, again from Smith’s bowling, from the first ball he faced.
Pigeon Ponds was then 5/126.
Full story in the Casterton News on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.