PIGEON PONDS made it “four in a row” after the Staude brothers combined to lock an enthusiastic Casterton combination out of the Casterton and District Cricket Association Grand Final last Saturday and Sunday.
The players of both teams relished the opportunity to compete on a well manicured Island Park and certainly appreciated the efforts of the Glenelg Shire in the preparation of the oval.
Casterton’s Kane Forbes’ decision to bat first came unstuck when opening batsman and multiple century maker, Rick Killey, edged a short ball into his face in the fourth over.
Rick’s retirement and medical repairs 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 in 48 overs.
Left arm opening bowler Murray Staude repeated his semi-final efforts with 5-8, this time from 16 overs, while right arm older brother Joel chimed in with good support with 3-14 from 16 overs.
With 47 overs remaining before stumps, Pigeon Ponds grabbed a first innings lead to finish the day at 3-137.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, March 15, 2014.