Ulverstone District Cricket Club are the 2018/19 Tasfreight 2nd Grade premiers, defeating Devonport at UCI Oval today. The Black Caps scored a 51-run first innings win to claim their eighth title, and first since 2012/13.
The club also won the Sportspower Burnie 2nd Grade T20 premiership earlier in the season, so they did the double in 2018/19!
Day 1 saw Ulverstone post a first innings total of 159, withBenji Plant (32), skipper James Smith (31) and Matt Talbot (29) leading the scoring. For Devonport, spinner Eli Sheean was their best with 3-42 from 14 overs, while Brad Moore (2-28), Usama Nadeem (2-25) and Dion O'Mahony (2-13) also performed well.
The Orions batted through 45 overs to close out Day 1, finishing at 1/65, with openers Brock Bucknell (40) and John Sales (22 not out) doing most of the scoring. The game was in the balance overnight.
Day 2 belonged to Ulverstone, with experienced pair Damien DeVries and James Smith playing a leading role in a Devonport batting collapse. After Bucknell (40) and Sales (35), no Orions batsman reached double figures, as DeVries and Smith bowled in tandem and turned the game on its head.
Wily paceman DeVries produced one of the best spells of the season to rout the Devonport batting line-up. The tall right-armer took 8-26 from 24.1 overs as the Orions crumbled to be dismissed for 108. Smith applied enormous pressure at the other end, with the off-spinner claiming 1-24 from 24 overs, including the key wicket of Sales.
Ulverstone then commenced its second innings, with Rohan Speglic (30), James Smith (27 not out), Ethan Miles (26) and Jack Pearce (21) all making starts. Josh McConnon was Devonport's most effective bowler with 2-15.
The Black Caps made their way to 5/135 and a lead of 186 before Devonport conceded defeat, sparking wild celebrations from Ulverstone players and spectators.
Damien DeVries was named Player of the Match for his eight-wicket haul with the ball. He previously received the Trevor Docking Medal as Player of the Match in Ulverstone's 1st Grade Grand Final win in 2015/16. So, you could say he's a proven big-match performer!
Congratulations also go to match umpires Mark Smith, standing in his third successive 2nd Grade Grand Final, and Leigh Berwick, standing in his third Grand Final overall. Both were rewarded for another fine season of officiating.
CNW would like to thank Ulverstone District Cricket Club and Central Coast Council for hosting the game, our naming rights sponsors Tasfreight, and all clubs, players, officials, umpires, members and volunteers for their support in 2018/19.