PIGEON Ponds won its fourth Casterton and District Cricket Association premierships in a row after the Staude brothers combined to demolish an enthusiastic Casterton outfit in last weekend’s final.
Casterton’s Kane Forbes’ decision to bat first came unstuck when opening batsman and prolific century maker Rick Killey edged a short ball into his face during the fourth over. His retirement and subsequent medical treatment robbed the Casterton innings of its momentum.
After being 1-43, Casterton lost its last nine wickets for 13 runs to be all out for 56. Left arm opening bowler Murray Staude repeated his semi-final efforts with a devastating spell of 5-8, while older brother Joel chimed in with 3-14 to destroy the Maroons hopes.
. With 47 overs remaining before stumps, Pigeon Ponds grabbed a first innings lead to finish the day at 3-137. Sunday’s play was a battle between the enthusiastic Casterton bowlers and the slow, determined and efficient Pigeon Ponds batsmen.
Full story in the Casterton News on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.