GRAMPIANS made it three Cogger Gurry HDCA T20 titles in a row after they halted a gallant Southern Grampians march to glory in the final played on Saturday afternoon.
Having finished on top of the ladder after the preliminary rounds, Southern Grampians entered the final as favourites after some stunning performances with the bat and ball in their early matches.
Even though Grampians defeated the Southerners in their round one match, the Southerners were far and away the most disciplined team of the carnival as they batted and bowled within their game plan.
Grampians won the toss and elected to bat first which was different to their two early matches in which they had to chase.
Heinrich Joyce and Rhys Crowe started cautiously as the bowlers dropped onto a steady line and length from ball one.
Only 34 runs came from the first five overs as the batsmen struggled to get the bowlers away, who had certainly come ready to play as they maintained a disciplined line and length.
The fieldsmen backed up their efforts with some stunning stops and good throwing that had the batsmen under constant pressure.
It took until the 11th over to separate the openers, but Crowe was caught by Steve Hadden from the bowling of Tom Lambevski for 47 (41 balls) after Rhys Saunders injured his back after only three balls of his first over.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 7, 2014