THRONGS of spectators flocked to the three Casterton and District Cricket Association Big Bash venues last Friday and Saturday and they were treated to seven games of fascinating T20 cricket as the six clubs competed with great enthusiasm for the Jimmy O’Brien Memorial Trophy.
Casterton secured its fourth T20 title after a keenly contested final against Merino. There were many fine individual performances throughout the two days, including centuries to Casterton’s Ricky Killey and Merino’s Matt Koutroubas and a hat-trick to Pigeon Ponds’ Daniel Brody.
Other batsmen to do well included Ben Cranage (E) with 53, Wes Bilney (M) 73, Kane Forbes (C) 59 and 50 and Corey Jarrad (D) 49no. Bowlers to excel with four or more wickets were Ben Geary (E) who snared 4-10, Rick Killey (C) 4-11 and Josh Searle (M) 4-19.
At the end of the preliminary rounds, Casterton was undefeated with two wins, while Merino, Edenhope, Pigeon Ponds and Wando Vale had one win. Merino went into the final on a superior net run rate.
Thanks to all clubs, umpires, players and officials who assisted in any way in maintaining this T20 weekend as the highlight of the Casterton and District Cricket Association’s calendar.
Full story in The Casterton News on Wednesday, January 15, 2014